Kinect + DepthJS = Web Browser Interface

It is incredible how much potential there is to take Microsoft’s Kinect technology which recognizes body movements in 3D and develop an interface which allows the human body to communicate with a PC – without the need for a mouse. One recent development is DepthJS which uses JavaScript to translate a small number of hand gestures into commands executed by a browser.

The video above shows how it is done – sure it is clunky now, as the interface is still new – but there is lots of potential here for specific applications and while I am in no specific hurry to bury my mouse, it seems like the electronic rodent has had a nice run and perhaps it is time to take the touch interface of smartphones and tablets and marry it with a 3D interface to eliminate desktop mammals altogether.

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