It looks as if the gesture-sensitive interface for the Cadillac Cue infotainment system is just the beginning of gesture integration in our vehicles. Wired reports that Microsoft is already investigating ways to incorporate technology lifted from its Xbox Kinect. Likewise, Harman has unveiled a new system that recognizes both hand and facial cues to control various cabin features. Drivers can reportedly use eye blinks to turn the stereo on, tilt their heads to turn up the volume and even tap the steering wheel to skip songs. Temperature adjustment gets taken care of by raising or lowering a hand above the gear shift, while pulling up a Bluetooth-connected phone is as simple as mimicking a phone with a hand.

How does it work? The system relies on an infrared sensor to "watch" for certain gestures. When it sees them, it passes a signal to separate processor, which in turn handles the connected hardware.

That sounds all well and good, but as anyone who's stood cursing at a motion-activated faucet in an airport restroom can tell you, these systems aren't foolproof. Fortunately, Harman says it won't have anything ready for market until it's been thoroughly tested, which may be up to three years from now.


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      wickedme91
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what giving the finger will trigger? A Airhorn honk? launching missiles?
      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Auto blog is now also Microsoft shill blog
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      How will this work for the female drivers who are constantly flapping their arms (often both simultaneously), wagging their heads back and forth, flipping hair, and turning to their companion in the next seat?
      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are people so lazy that they're getting to the point where they can blink, wave, point and breathe to operate cars?
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rich
        Oh, they reached that level of laziness at least a decade ago. But now the technology can catch up.
      Synthono
      • 2 Years Ago
      A good song comes on and you start tapping the steering wheel to the beat, and then the song immediately changes.
      Sal Farrara
      • 2 Years Ago
      BULL SH#T!!
      Ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please, no...
      Evan Hayden
      • 2 Years Ago
      No thanks. I'll stick to my main driving hand gestures... steering, shifting, and the occasional middle finger.
      flychinook
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm curious to see how this would work in the real world... actual drivers use hand gestures, tap and nod to music, and sometimes just move around for the sake of moving around. I see this working as well as voice-activated phone systems. OK in a quiet controlled environment, but useless once you add in some background noise.
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Hand gesture controls coming to a car near you?" - No, because I'm not going to buy one.I've used an x-box kinect, and it's a neat technology, but nowhere near reliable enough to even consider putting in a car.
      finzenchrome
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd get that with dark tinted windows or the car next to you will think you're a spazzed nutjob (with a lot of money).
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