The Gesture Pendant allows ordinary household devices to be controlled, literally, with the wave of a hand. The user wears a small pendant that contains a wireless camera. The user makes gestures in front of the pendant that control anything from a home theater system, to lighting, to the kitchen sink. Therefore, hard to use, hard to understand remotes can be replaced with simple hand gestures. The pendant system can also analyze the user's movement as he/she makes gestures. This means that the system can look for loss of motor skill or tremors in the hand that might indicate the onset of illness or problems with medication. It can also observe daily activities to determine, for example, if a person has been eating regularly and moving around. This more advanced monitoring would aid elderly or disabled persons, who would also benefit from this interface that requires less dexterity, memory, and eyesight than traditional remote controls. Therefore, the Gesture Pendant can be used by healthy people who desire a better interface to home theater and automation systems, or it can be used in more advanced ways to help elderly and disabled users achieve more independence in their homes. The Gesture Pendant project is a collaboration between the College of Computing’s Contextual Computing Group and IMTC.
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