Touchless is multi-touch software that uses webcams and everyday objects for multi-touch input developed by Microsoft Office Labs. It is similar to Microsoft’s Touchwall technology. Microsoft is releasing an open-source SDK for Touchless that makes it possible for developers to create software that can turn hand gestures or objects into an input device similar to a mouse. Supposedly any old object will do. As this TechCrunch article states you can use toys, pens, M&M’s, and Touchless will track their movement through space using ““color markers.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Of note here also, is that former OneNote Wonder, Chris Pratley is involved with this.
You can download a demo and run it yourself or the full SDK. You need a webcam to give it a go. There are four demos included in the download, including:
1. Snake – control a snake with a marker.
2. Defender Ã¢â‚¬” pong-like game with up to 4 players.
3. Map – rotate, zoom, and move a map using 2 markers.
4. Draw Ã¢â‚¬” bet you can figure out what this one does.
Here’s shot of me using a bottle cap as a marker. I’m lousy at this.