Motion Control Computing

Computing has changed a great deal in the past decade, with a move away from physical keyboards and an increase in touchscreen capabilities. There has also been an increased focus on mobility and portability.

Video games have been taken to a whole new level with the integration of motion control. There are currently a few gaming devices that support motion sensing software and hardware including Wii and some PlayStation consoles. These devices have all helped to pave the way to a remote-free user, letting the body be the controller. Playing video games in such a way can help a person to stay active physically and mentally during play.

Kinect is made by Microsoft and is a type of motion sensing device that is used primarily to play video games on Xbox and Windows PCs. It gets rid of the need for the user to use a remote in order to control or play the game; instead the person can use their body movements and voice to control and operate the system.

It makes sense that motion sensor technology using infrared lights, sensors, grid and complex mathematical equations would work for gaming. One might wonder how does motion control work for business and other areas of daily life? With technology changing so will the way that we rely on things like keyboards, touchscreens and physical computer mice. That will be replaced by human gestures that will be able to control their electronics devices. It isn’t that far off with some faucets, toilets and other appliances using remote sensors.

Leap Motion is a company that makes a computer hardware sensor that uses the human body to control, rather than a mouse or keyboard. The Leap Motion Controller is similar to a small USB device. It uses two IR cameras and three infrared LEDS to collect and understand data. It provides higher resolution than the Kinect, but at the same time can only read a smaller space.

Motion control computing could also be a real force in business environments, with presentations, slideshows and many other computing aspects being performed by a simple hand gesture. This can help to incorporate physical mobility and desk jobs – a happy medium increasing a person’s health and overall well-being.