EyeSight's 100-percent software-based solution can turn the standard camera found on most computers for making video calls into a full 3D gesture-tracking and recognition sensor.
What sets the technology apart is that it is software-based and can work with any computer with a built-in webcam.
What sets eyeSight's approach apart from a growing number of other solutions already on the market or getting ready to launch is that it doesn't require any additional hardware; simply download and install a software update and then wave your hands around in front of the computer's screen to navigate folders, launch applications or play games -- as the video demonstrates.
"For eyeSight it's all about delivering fresh and exciting user experiences," eyeSight's CEO Gideon Shmuel said. "We want to enable users to interact with their devices using natural gestures, and we believe adding such capabilities to our offering creates a new layer of intuitiveness that users want."
There is little doubt that gesture recognition will be one of the driving forces of computing and a number of exciting products and technologies, such as the Leap Motion Controller are generating excitement and anticipation. However, although a mere $80, the Leap Motion Controller is a hardware-based solution that is designed to plug into a notebook or desktop computer's USB port. The advantage of software over hardware is that it is easier to ship around the world -- simply send it over the internet -- and bugs can be ironed out and corrected with an application update, rather than a product recall.
The other factor in eyeSight's favor is recycling. The software could bring a new lease of life to older computers and devices that would have otherwise passed their sell-by dates.
Last week, a group of computer scientists at the University of Washington demonstrated another interesting approach to bringing gesture control to all connected devices in a home or office. Called WiSee, it turns a wireless network into a 3D motion and gesture-tracking sensor that allows a user to wave a hand in the bedroom in order to turn on a coffee machine in the kitchen or turn off the lights in the hallway.