Gesture Control: All you need to know

News Rishabh Jain 20:50, 26 Sep 2011

Know Your Mobile simplifies gesture control - the next big thing in the mobile phone technology

Not very long ago, we were introduced to exciting multi-touch phones. Multi-touch phones such as the Galaxy S2 and the iPhone are still renowned for their touchscreen capabilities. But what is the next step in the mobile technology advancement? It seems, at the moment, gesture control capability in phones is the next big thing.

Gesture control refers to the ability of a device to detect and work according to various movements. This system identifies various movements and turns them into appropriate commands that controls a device such as a mobile phone.

Simply put, if you perform a certain act or gesture, a mobile phone should respond in an appropriate way to your gesture. For e.g. while using the Samsung Galaxy S2 to read ebooks, you can zoom-in and out by holding the screen down with your two fingers and moving them back and forth. Samsung’s new UI – TouchWiz 4.0 is designed specifically around the gesture control feature.

Qualcomm, a company renowned for producing processors such as the Tegra 2 is coming up with its own Gesturetek technology, which would enable the user to simulate a cellphone using gesture control. Using this technology, a user can play games, answer calls, scroll, pan, zoom and browse the web without pressing a button or even touching the screen.

Crunchfish, a Swedish app company has built software that turns the phone’s front camera into a mouse. It enables the phone to track a user’s hand movements and generate commands for the mobile phone. In fact, using Crunchfish’s gesture-controlled UI you can actually surf the web while lets say, eating popcorn a the same. Gesture control boosts the phone’s multi-tasking capability.

But that’s not all; companies such as Crunchfish are also trying to merge gesture control with 3D. 3D phones such as the Evo 3D have already been released in India. Imagine controlling a 3D phone via gesture control!

Samsung has even filed a patent for its gesture control technology for tablets known as Eyesight.

We would also like to add here that even though gesture control sounds like an exciting piece of technology, one needs to keep in mind that it asks for a lot of processing power.

Even the soon to be launched Micromax A85 is rumored to be equipped with gesture control. Good news for us as the A85 is said to be equipped with a 1 GHz processor and expected to come with a mid-range price tag unlike high-end gesture controlled phones such as the Galaxy S2 or the iPhone.

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