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5 Of The Coolest Gesture Control Devices

5 Of The Coolest Gesture Control Devices

Gesture-based controls are slowly invading consumers' favorite devices.

From smartphones and smart TVs to game consoles and augmented reality, motion control is becoming a big part of the way individuals interact with technology.

Adam Tilton, co-founder and CEO of Rithmio (a new gesture recognition software company), has big dreams for this sector.

"Imagine being able to maneuver your phone through space to answer a call, clear notifications, adjust the ringer volume or open your camera to snap a quick photo," Tilton told Benzinga. "As wearable devices become more ever present, the connection between devices and motion will only be strengthened and gesture is the natural mechanism to strengthen this connection."

Rithmio has developed a software platform that promises to automatically learn various gestures and physical activities (running, weightlifting, squatting, etc.). This could be significant in the near future.

In the meantime, click through the slideshow to see some of the coolest gesture-based devices.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this slideshow.

  • Myo


    Myo, the muscle-sensing armband from Thalmic Labs, is one of the more unique gesture control devices created.

    The company is backed by Intel and its product does not hinder the user experience with cameras or wires.

    Myo has received a ton of positive press and could be the first step in changing the way consumers interact with their devices.

    Image Source: Thalmic Labs
  • Nod


    There are many concepts for finger- and ring-based motion controllers. Nimble, for example, shows a lot of promise. Unfortunately, its Indiegogo campaign is currently several thousand dollars short of its $50,000 goal.

    This gives Nod an advantage in winning the pint-sized motion controller race. The device comes in several different sizes to meet the needs of any user.

    Nod is designed to work with numerous Bluetooth devices, but the coolest feature might be its finger cursor. Users can essentially point their fingers at a TV screen and interact games and apps. Two Nod rings can be used together for some games.

    Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • BlackBerry Passport

    BlackBerry Passport

    BlackBerry Ltd's (NASDAQ: BBRY) latest smartphone may not seem like a typical gesture device, but the Passport contains sensors underneath the keyboard. This allows the user to swipe his or her thumb across the keyboard to perform various actions.

    Lifehacker AU posted a video that demonstrates how intuitively the keyboard functions. It seems to function as well as a touch screen. That may not sound revolutionary, but the implementation is very unique.

    The accurate cursor controls are also impressive.

    Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Kinect


    Game developers may be abandoning Kinect, but the device is still the most immersive gesture-based controller available for a game console.

    Unlike the Wii remote (which was innovative in its own right), Kinect -- particularly the newest model -- blasts IR signals all over a user's room. It can sense where a user is standing, how the user is positioned and how he or she is moving.

    While the Wii remote and other video game tech has been glued to specific games and/or game systems, many hackers found brilliant ways to use Kinect for other purposes.

    Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Apple's Touchpad

    Apple's Touchpad

    It's hard to make a list about gesture controls without mentioning Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). The company may not have released a motion-controlled TV yet, but its evolving list of touchpad gesture controls are stellar.

    Before Apple added gestures to its MacBook touchpad (and later a separate touchpad for Macs), laptop controls were clunky, cumbersome and unintuitive. Numerous PC manufacturers tried to make improvements with rubbery joysticks and other gimmicks, but it was Apple that mastered great laptop controls. Many PC manufacturers have copied Apple's gesture (and clickable touchpad) concepts.

    Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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