KINECT-STYLE CONTROLS HEADING TO A CAR NEAR YOU
New concept from Harman could be wavefront of gesture-recognition tech
The concept system interprets hand movements, nods and even winks to allow the driver to control the various in-car infotainment systems.
The system works using an infra-red sensor on the dashboard to monitor the driver's movements and 'watch' for certain pre-defined gestures
"It's all about reducing distractions in the car," says Hans Roth, director of technology at Harman. "These basic gestures are being testing around the globe to find the ideal system that can be used in countries around the world."
Meanwhile, a job listing posted by Microsoft and spotted by Wired magazine clearly shows that the computing giant is working on getting Kinect-style tech into vehicles. As for car manufacturers themselves, Cadillac's CUE system already uses a basic version of gesture-based controls and BMW and Mercedes are already known to be looking into similar technology.
All of which is well and good - but we hope it doesn't turn your car into a mobile equivalent of an auction room, where you daren't scratch your nose for fear of setting off the radio at full volume. Or possibly buying an antique Chesterfield...