Robert Y. Wang and Jovan Popovic: Color Glove Handtracking

3D gestural interfacing for a dollar and change.

Published on May 21, 2010

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Robert Wang, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, and Jovan Popovic, MIT associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, developed a budget-friendly gesture-based computing system that requires just a web camera and a multi-colored Lycra glove, which can be manufactured for about a dollar.

The new system works in 3D and interprets movements made with the gloved hand into corresponding motions made with a 3D model on screen with no lag time. Applying the technology to video games, for example, would allow players to pick up objects and wield weapons.

The system is a step up from other low-cost gestural interfaces, which work in 2-D with reflective or colored tape attached to the fingertips. According to Wang on the MIT News site, "You're only getting the fingertips; you don't even know which fingertip [the tape] is corresponding to."

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May 21, 2010
Robert Y. Wang and Jovan Popovic
Robert Wang
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