By JR Raphael
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Surfing the web may soon be as simple as waving your hand in front of your screen.
A British design agency called Clusta has just unveiled a new webcam-controlled site that lets you navigate with hand gestures. The site uses a webcam to “see” your movements and translate them into points and clicks.
“Enabling the site to be navigable by webcam created fantastic challenges for us. It was essential that the webcam version worked as well as the mouse version and we have managed to harness the technology in such a way that it is now possible to incorporate it into a commercial Web site,” the company’s creative director, Matthew Clugston, told design mag Digital Arts.
The design itself is pretty impressive too, with a moving ink effect taking up most of the home page space. Engineers actually used a glass tank with water and red dye to create the effect, videotaping from multiple angles to get just the right look.
Clusta predicts their technology could eventually make the mouse and keyboard a thing of the past. Their next steps will include the ability to detect the speed and movement of your gestures. That would enable you to “grab” something on the screen and drag-and-drop it to another location, and eventually even “walk around” virtual stores and almost literally pick up the products you want.