I love listening to music on my laptop, but changing tracks is a real pain since I have to reach for the keyboard every time I feel like changing a song (and also because I'm very lazy)! Well, as the old saying goes, "laziness is the seed from which inventions flower". Okay, even though I just made that up, it's no less true! Anyway, I thought that it would be great if I could somehow give visual “gesture” commands to my laptop and control Windows Media Player without having to touch the keyboard. So, I fired up my code editor and wrote a laser gesture recognition program which currently recognizes up to eight visual gestures (left, right, up, down, 2 downward diagonals and 2 upward diagonals). Check out the videos above. One video shows a webcam view from the program and the other one shows how I’m controlling Windows Media Player with a laser beam.
What next? Well, if I ever manage to hook up things in my house with my computer, I would love to create a virtual, laser controlled switchboard sorta thing to control them! Now, who needs a remote control when you can control everything with a laser pointer??
I’d love to hear your wonderful ideas and suggestions.
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