Microsoft Digits tracks your hand in real-time

Microsoft Research shows off its wrist-mounted Digits sensor

Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK has unveiled its wrist-mounted Digits sensor, which will allow users to control PCs, consoles, and televisions. The project also had help from researchers at Newcastle University and the University of Crete. Microsoft told Edge Online that the sensor bracelet includes infrared to detect and model that user's hand in real-time.

"The Digits sensor doesn't rely on external infrastructure which means users are not bound to a fixed space," project leader David Kim told Edge. "They can interact while moving from room to room or running down the street."

"Ultimately we would like to reduce Digits to the size of a watch that can be worn all the time. We want users to be able to interact spontaneously with their electronic devices using simple gestures and not even have to reach for their devices."

Digits was built using off-the-shelf products, with a possible retail model providing greater accuracy. Currently, Digits has problems with certain gestures like crossed fingers, but it can recognize others like twisting dials with pinched fingers and typing on a virtual number pad. Perhaps one day Digits can solve some of the problems present in Microsoft's Kinect sensor?

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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 8 years ago
Brilliant, but they really ought not have used the "hand becoming a gun" trick when talking about the gaming possibilities. The only thing it brings to mind is Kevin Butler saying, "pew, pew."

But I suppose this promo is designed for the non-gaming crowd. Using this for The Witcher's signs (especially combined with a VR headset and Move-like controller for the sword) would be brilliant, but the idea probably wouldn't be familiar to many.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
Hmmm... I bet Fable: The Journey would have befitted from this, given the review I just read...
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Hendrik Ruhe Project Manager, Freaks 4U Gaming8 years ago
I once imagined my favorite game idea:
I thought of the google glasses combined with gloves - but this gadget would be the perfect substitute for that.
Imagine walking trough the city and the "game mode" of the glasses are activated. And suddenly: You meet inside the city someone else with activated game mode.
Now you can make a certain gesture with your hand stuff like from Dragonball, Naruto or Full Metal Alchemist and you shoot an energy ball or fireball. The other person sees this fireball, thanks to the glasses and activates a shield with a different gesture. Next step would be destructible environment but that would be... hard to realize I think ^^. But still: I'm so waiting for something like that and I might have just seen the right step in that direction.
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Hugo Dubs Interactive Designer 8 years ago
Occulus Rift + Exoskeleton Cyberdyne = your entire body into a 3d universe (not only your hand). Most of all, the exo skeleton is capting your nerves pulses so it moves with you, decreasing exertion. This mean you could play game such as battlefield 3 in total imersion, without getting tired after 5 minutes. PRetty cool I think.
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Fyzard Brown Sales Associate, VideoGameAdvantage8 years ago
Soon Skype-Net will be online and no one will be safe.
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