Voice and gesture control is the future and present for some manufacturers that are already taking the risk of introducing it into their products such as Samsung’s Smart TVs. In any case, it is a field where there are many variables to investigate and that will improve the results that we can achieve right now.

Intel knows this and has created a fund of 100 million dollars It will use it to invest in technologies that enable voice and gesture recognition as a means of remote control. This fund will go to companies that develop related products, being a support that allows them to continue working without fear of leaving work halfway due to lack of liquidity.

The future of voice and gesture control

When we talk about gesture control methods we think directly of Kinect, Samsung Smart TVs and more recently Leap. We have seen a video of the latter a few days ago where we check how Windows 8 is handled. These systems are a great advance but still, with the exception of Leap, which is still under development, they are not agile and fast enough when it comes to recognizing the interaction of the user.

Therefore, new options and forms are still being sought. And one of them is WiSee, a system capable of recognizing gestures via wifi signal. This starting point gives us greater freedom as we can control home automation devices or systems from anywhere in the house. To carry out the detection of gestures, it makes use of the disturbances that our body causes in the Wi-Fi signal. In this way and together with a special router with MIMO support and multiple transmitters and receivers, the gestures would be captured.

As you can see in the video, despite being at a very experimental point, they are already capable of recognizing up to nine gestures so they will have to be traced. I already imagine myself next to a blind control system raising the same while lying on the bed and with just raising one arm.

But it is not the only project, there are others such as MYO, a bracelet capable of detecting electrical impulses and transmitting them to control other devices or the camera that Creative recently launched in the Kinect style.

And it is that system, that of control by gestures detected by cameras, where it seems that we will advance more quickly. Its greatest exponent has always been Kinect and that with the next release of Xbox One it will see its second version. Which, apparently in the presentation, is going to be really surprising.

Then we will also have voice recognition where great improvements are being made so that the recognition capacity is greater. Something that we can already see in the iOS voice assistant, Siri, as well as in Android, also in the next Kinect and of course in television manufacturers such as LG and its Magic Remote or Samsung with their latest Smart TVs.

And ending in televisions, it is these devices that I think will most quickly take advantage of these new invisible control interfaces. That in addition to supplying greater comfort and help for people with disabilities will mean the improvement that Smart TV platforms are crying out for. Offering a system that makes it comfortable to use a platform that right now, according to surveys, less than half of users with a Smart TV take advantage of.

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