Iron Man and Minority Report tech powered by KinectPosted 10:05 am on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 by James Martinez
If you’ve seen the Iron Man films, you must be familiar with J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s artificially intelligent computer. One of the coolest tech demonstrated was when Tony can easily manipulate objects in 3D space, like his Mark I, II, III armor, or when he is discovering new elements. We’ve seen this type of tech before in movies like Minority report with Tom Cruise.
Since the development of the Kinect by Microsoft for the Xbox 360, we have seen several different hacks that allow its user to play in 3D space using nothing more than their hands. This week a new company called 3Gears System is displaying its new recognition software that is powered by two Kinects. Unlike the hacks we’ve seen before, 3Gear Systems has developed special software to only recognize hand, wrist, and even finger movements at close range. This is critical since the Kinect usually recognizes full body moments from a large distance. The software works by comparing hand poses against a pre-rendered database and then displaying the pre-rendered image within milliseconds.
3Gear Systems wants to take your hands and make them into the next generation computer mouse. They hope to have this tech used by companies using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to build or take apart anything in a 3D space. Other applications they’ve demonstrated show the user playing with and moving a 3D heart, and also playing a game of chess.
James likes racing games, puzzle games, and building computers. By day he works as a systems administrator, by night he is a writer. He likes to be comical and open to new ideas and technology.