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iPad “Kinect-ivity”: A Touchless Dock for iPad on CES 2011

Written on December 27, 2010 by Charles Bass

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"The idea is that you use touch-less gestures to operate primary functions of a docked tablet in situations like when you have wet or greasy hands in the kitchen. In general tablets are made for being hand-held. When it is docked you are often walking or standing further away, and then using a finger on the screen involves a change of modality. Rather than bending down, leaning forward or picking it up you can use larger movements a little bit further away to do things like volume up or next song without changing modality." ---Stian Aldrin, CEO Elliptic Labs

Mobile Magazine reported that the Elliptic Labs, a Norwegian company, is set to demonstrate its new “touch-less gesture” user interface for the at 2011 early next month. This one utilizes ultrasound to a field approximately one foot in front of and either side of a docked iPad. It would allow users to control their iPads by simply waving their hands in front of the screen. -like!

Mac Rumors had a chance to catch up with CEO of the company, Stian Aldrin, who explained that:

“The idea is that you use touch-less gestures to operate primary functions of a docked in situations like when you have wet or greasy hands in the kitchen. In general are made for being hand-held. When it is docked you are often walking or standing further away, and then using a finger on the screen involves a change of modality. Rather than bending down, leaning forward or picking it up you can use larger movements a little bit further away to do things like volume up or next song without changing modality.”

The project emerged with a simple concept prototype for tablets. It has just evolved into a more specific iPad docking station. Here’s a brief demo of the Kinect-like iPad in the future. Hit the play button and enjoy!

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