Sunday, February 24, 2013

How to type without a keyboard? Use the 'airwriter glove' that could be combined with Google Glasses

We have typed enough on the keyboards attached to our desktops and laptops.

But how about typing without a keyboard?

Well soon you would be doing that as German researchers have invented a hi-fi glove that lets people write in mid air.

Dubbed the 'airwriter', the system is able to work out what is being written simply by monitoring the position of the user's hand.

The prototype glove is packed with sensors. However, it is believed future versions could be small enough to be simply woven into clothing

'The airwriting glove is used to write letters into air, as if using an invisible board or pad,' said doctoral student Christoph Amma, who developed the system at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. The airwriter glove will aid in writing text messages and writing emails.

Sensors attached to a glove record hand movements, then a computer system captures relevant signals and translates them into text.
The sensors are also able to tell when a user is actually writing, rather than simply moving around normally.

With an error rate of 11 per cent, the system can recognise complete sentences written in capital letters and presently has a vocabulary of 8,000 words.

To help develop the idea, Amma received the 'Google Faculty Research Award', worth $81,000, raising hopes it could be used with Google's Glass wearer.

The invention is still in the process of more R&D and may take time to become a reality and enter our lives - the same way computers did many decades ago.

Read more about it at: Mail Online


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