This video wants to make me rip my eyes out using the edge of my Xbox gamepad, but it heralds an immediate future that fires a clusterstorm of nerdgasms inside my sci-fi-damaged brain. It shows what Capri, the next 3D sensor by the makers of Microsoft Kinect, is bringing to us: extreme precision, fast motion tracking that gadget makers would be able to embed everywhere, from your tablet, laptop and TV to elevators, robots and appliances.
It basically enables a future in which you are some kind of Jedi or wizard, casually waving your hand at things to make them work.
Capri is the next generation of sensors from the inventors of Kinect, one that it’s focused on miniaturisation so manufacturers can put it everywhere. It’s not RGB—so it doesn’t pick up colour—but that’s needed if you want to make that bar tiny enough to fit in everyday devices with the same resolution of Microsoft’s wonderbar.
The product is already in the hands of developers. I can’t wait for a world that will let me be Darth Vader on a daily basis. [IEEE]