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Microsoft working on a wearable Kinect for hand & finger tracking 'Digits'

Freehand 3D Computer Interaction Without Gloves

"Digits, a wrist-worn gloveless sensor developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., enables 3-D computer interaction in any environment and is practical beyond computer gaming."

This will pretty much be a wearable Kinect for your wrist to track your hands in 3D with finger tracking for 1:1 computer interaction without gloves or anything in your hands like the PlayStation Move or Wiimote.

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LX-General-Kaos1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

With unique innovation comes great reward

I respect Microsoft for creating their own path.

rezzah1449d ago

Yea, their new take on how games can be played will be amazing.

I think it will be the next generation of what a FPS can be.

MikeMyers1449d ago

Maybe I'm watching too much baseball right now but my first thought was the Catcher and Pitcher giving hand signals in future games.

deadpoole1448d ago

This is an amazing innovation ... but the thing I don't understand is why the heck MS is still using cameras for reading movements. Everybody knows that by the time image captured to translated to processed to display resultant action on screen ... the lag will be soooooo immense that you wouldn't be able to play or use these devices for anything. Kinect is a prime example of that.

What MS needs is a raw capture of signals and transmission of those signals to contraption for reaction to action made by participant.

All these camera capture devices in my point of view are lost cause and just complete waste of time and money.

Analogy will explain ... tryin to make gas fuel consumption by engine more efficient so less CO2 is emitted in air is complete waste of time and money (this is what Kinect and similar devices does) ... when car running on water or electric kills CO2 emission problem from root (What MS should be lookin in tech wise).

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

"With unique innovation comes great reward "

Yeah from the casual market. Are you new to MS?

But I am sure their dashboard 720 showing will be interesting.

It's basically like this but will be more expensive.
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

$70 btw.

Thatguy-3101449d ago

This all sounds good on paper and I respect them for trying to grasp what many envision the future of gaming to be. However i'll just wait and see how this ends up. Let's remember how Kinect was advertise and no way has it resembled what we saw in the commercials. But nonetheless I'm really excited to see what microsoft is making.

nukeitall1449d ago

That is pretty cool!

One day it might just get rid of the mouse.

Just_The_Truth1449d ago

I think this, kinect, wii and move have great application but gaming isn't one of them. If you look at the quality of games these motion controllers put out is bad. Although the move and wii have buttons which makes them slightly better in gaming. I think the wii/ps vita route is the future. I remember milo and the kinect hype but nothing has come from it same with the move. They dropped both very quickly and devs didn't support them. If Sony can utilize the ps vita as a controller for the ps3 and implicate it into AAA games it could easily over take the wiiU simply because the psv trumps the wiiu controller in every way. Hope both do well tho and we can forget these motion controls.

Shadonic1449d ago

it mostely depends upon the route that the developers of the project take for MS instead of embracing the hacking market that have been the main source of all the things hardcore gamers wanted they decided to go in a different route with the kinect fun labs thing something marketed as a place for said hackers but is only uploaded with applications made by microsoft. It saddens me that sony and ms havent pushed there devices in the right direction becuase i would love play games ina new and unique way I mean up to 30-40 plus years with controllers ? it dosent have to go away we just need something new to spice up the experiences we have.

Bigpappy1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

I read all the negative responses below and just go "wow, how could people hate tech research". It is not like this is some game, it is a tech demo shown finger detection.

It seems like the hate is just because it is done by M$ and they are the enemy. Its not all about gaming fellas.

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BitbyDeath1449d ago

Hope that works out for them.
It'll be better than a Wii mote or Move if it all works properly.

zebramocha1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

@bit How is that going to be better than ps move? Move is a physical controller so it has the ability to work with a variety of games were kinect and it's derivatives are suited to just casual games.

BitbyDeath1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

True, certain games where you aren't meant to be holding things in your hands would feel more natural though. Like Fitness games. I can't think of many examples but it would be great if they allowed a mix of both instead of one or the other.

Dovahkiin1449d ago

I welcome any new technology regarding accurate motion controls, key word being accurate.

ChunkyLover531449d ago

The tech right now is so much better than the current Kinect, so I welcome it if its accurate and it stays as only an option.

Yangus1449d ago

Next-box technology 90%.

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