Imaging Sensors/IoT

Flail your arms to control apps in-home with ZKOO gesture camera

Leap Motion made a splash a few years ago when it debuted a fascinating add-on product for Macs and PCs that allowed anyone to interface with their devices via gestures. But since it only worked for Macs and PC, the number of situations in which it was truly useful was limited.

Exvision’s ZKOO gesture-tracking camera is touted as the most advanced in the world, but truth be told it doesn’t do much more the Leap Motion can. Using a camera that tracks motion at 100 frames per second it is able to deliver a gesture-tracking experience that boast low latency for both PCs and Android devices, working with hundreds of existing apps out of the box.

What it does do differently is offer a wider field of input versus Leap Motion, giving users more leeway in where they gesture. The ZKOO is going for $99 and is expected in April of 2016. Exvision is hoping for $15,000 by January 18, 2016.

While the ZKOO is an interesting alternative, it doesn’t do much to iterate on the idea of gesture tracking and simply doesn’t go far enough. Any enterprising tinkerer can probably figure out a way to give the Leap Motion this larger field of input, and with products like the Nuimo that extend gesture control into the smart home environment, ZKOO is missing a ton of functionality that should have been included to create a stronger product.

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