LONDON – Motion sensing and gesture recognition company Movea SA has announced its Air Mouse application for the iPhone4 is available for download from the App Store at a price of $1.99. The Air Mouse application enables iPhone4 users to turn their phone into a motion-operated remote control for home media and presentation uses.
The application uses the iPhone4's in-built gyroscope and Wi-Fi connectivity of up to 100-feet, so that hand movements can drive human-machine interfaces for presentations, gaming and consumer electronics.
The iPhone4 download application is accompanied by MotionTools software available for Mac of PC. This gives users the ability to set gestures and sensitivity so they can customize, activate and control desktop applications. MotionTools covers web browsers, media players, and presentations and includes:
Dynamic display scroll, pan, and zoom, pen drawing and highlightin, cut, paste and keystroke shortcuts, media player and volume controls.
"We are excited to enable iPhone4 users to transform their phones into a powerful, motion-sensing peripheral to create poetry in motion for more effective communications and more immersive entertainment experiences," said Bryan Hoadley, executive vice president of worldwide sales and general manager of Movea's U.S. subsidiary.
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It certainly doesn't strike me as anything groundbreaking. An Iphone is a bit clunky to use while lecturing. Nonetheless, I'll probably download it for the heck of it... And that's why the $1.99 apps work... Most will say "why not."
This is definitely the future of interactivity. Hopefully, it won't be long before we can interact as seen on Minority Report or any of the CSI/NCIS derivatives. The new Xbox Kinect does a pretty good job of demonstrating how useful such technology will be. And on a side note, it provides another important benefit. It bring the non-technically inclined into the "customer pool". All of the people that could not and would not for whatever reason operate a computer/mouse now are accessing and using our technology. About time.
Intersting idea.. I have tried some similar apps in Android and Windows mobile. Android App was called GMote . It always had this slight delay to respond which is a huge turnoff. But IIRC that was over 3G . Since thisone is over wifi and got motion sensing hope this will be better.
First things first, how well does the iPhone perform as a universal remote? If it reliably replaces a trayful of remote controls for various devices, then we can go the next step towards a more creative interface (motion) rather than the conventional button pushing approach.
It looks like a nice simple add on application. I like the price! Not sure how much this is needed, but the cost is right (if you already have an iPhone that is..). Otherwise I would think it would be cheaper to get a wireless mouse.
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