Microsoft Research shows off how gesture recognition can be used in everyday apps

Microsoft Research’s Advanced Technologies Lab in Israel is working on a research project named Project Prague that will allow app developers to include basic hand gesture support into their applications without much work. They can also create customized gestures for their own apps or other products, with very little additional programming or expertise. Let’s say you’re talking to a colleague over Skype and you’re ready to end the call. What if, instead of using your mouse or keyboard to click a button, you could simply make the movement of hanging up the phone? Need to lock your computer screen quickly? What if, instead of scrambling to close windows and hit keyboard shortcuts, you simply reach out and mimic the gesture of turning a key in a lock? Project Prague utilizes…


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