Oliver Richardson

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As if by magic: introducting advanced motion-controlled technology to the events industry

Looking to the future

Todays’ generation take for granted the ability to navigate and control their computers with a mouse, but it’s not so long ago that computers were in monochrome, filled an entire desk and were controlled only by a keyboard and combinations of F keys.  With the rapid rise in mobile working, touchscreen technology, motion-control, voice-control and innovations like google glass, tomorrows’ generation may soon unshackle themselves from their computer desk enslavement and become truly mobile workers, the desktop consigned to the history books.

Leap Motion

At DB Systems we keep a close eye on technology developments and make sure that we are ahead of the curve in finding ways to implement new technologies that in turn makes our customers look amazing.  One such exciting new innovation that I wanted to share with you today is called Leap Motion and it has the potential to transform the way that people interact with their computers – or at the very least to be the fire-starter of drastic change.  It’s a little bit of magic, that enables control of a computer or screen through gesture alone.

Leap Motion is a USB sized device that uses infra-red motion sensing to enable computers and screens to be controlled by mid-air hand and finger gestures.  It brings the futuristic computing seen in Minority Report and Iron Man to the present day.  Tracking movements in 3D, it is accurate to 1/100th of a millimetre – and this is the key difference to existing technologies that are available; never before has a system been released with this level of accuracy.  We have used motion control for years on client projects – to control responsive video floors and video walls for example, but until now the technology has been restricted to large gestures like people walking past a sensor.  With Leap Motion, we can use this technology to allow clients and their customers to control and manipulate what they see on screen through hand and finger movements mid-air.

Leap for events

In the event environment, this technology has the ability to create a real sense of intrigue and mystery – magic even, since waving your hand, or a wand if you prefer, at a screen and having it respond is rather magical.   It can be used for sheer entertainment and attraction – for example, imagine having an air-guitar play-off on a stand where the visitor’s air-guitar impressions generate real sounds, since it identifies the finger-picking actions and movements and transforms them to music; sure to draw a crowd.  Or imagine using it to create interest in your stand with Gaming or for painting or sculpting, or perhaps a live game of Pictionary.   The novelty factor alone makes it incredibly compelling in these early days, and the use of gesture and movement makes it a natural live event bedfellow.

It can also be used really effectively to add some extra pazazz to a presentation or product demonstration.  We are using it alongside our existing product reveal solutions like our transparent screens for example, which means we can replicate the interactive Minority Report style screens and visitors can delve into a brands product image, rotate it, zoom in and explode it apart to see individual components, just by using their hands.  The space-age feel of mid-air computer control is very seductive and naturally draws a crowd of people keen to “have a go”, but it also means the visitor is able to control and delve into a product in the way they want to, to understand it, rather than watching a linear presentation which doesn’t get to the heart of their key questions.

To find out how motion-control could be used to add some magic to your next event, give us a call at DB Systems on +44 (0) 845 226 3083 or visit www.dbsystems.co.uk