For what innovative products can 3D-HMI be sensible and economical?

Since the films Minority Report and Iron Man 2 at the latest, controlling appliances without visible input devices has become the epitome of new HMI concepts. Free movement in space, without input or control devices such as a mouse or keyboard, promises more natural and straightforward operation of complex appliances. But is this mode of operation actually limited to futuristic products?

The Kinect® system of the Xbox 360® by Microsoft® is very much part of the current discussion. In this system, two cameras combined with computing-intensive image processing result in a user interface that already points quite clearly in the direction of the movie visions. Somewhat more straightforward and surface-based, the Apple iPhone and iPad have successfully demonstrated for a few years just how intuitive and simple it can be to control a device using finger movements (gestures) on a surface. Here the well-measured extension of conventional input options results in a new and inspiring user experience, quickly achieving a high level of acceptance among consumers.

What other applications and consumer appliances are suitable for meaningful and value-added control using gestures? Examples of value-added applications that differentiate themselves through gesture control and/or 3-dimensional control are described below. These examples illustrate that the 3rd dimension is not only available to a small group of devices, but in fact makes technical and economic sense for a broad range of products. This mode of operation is enabled by the HALIOS®-IC family from ELMOS AG. Without the detour through complex image processing, the IC 909.05, 909.06 and the preamplifier 909.07 enable gesture control for numerous applications.

To learn more about HALIOS and the possibilities regarding your touchless gesture solution, please take a look to the website of Mechaless Systems GmbH