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
When Mercedes-Benz rolls with DICE (Dynamic & Intuitive Control Experience), many of the clumsy controls that drivers have to fumble over will be a thing of the past. At CES 2012, luxury automakers like Mercedes and Audi (more on that in next week's episode) have envisioned gesture-based controls to be the future of in-car tech.
SEMA has always been about tricked out cars, big rims and body kits. But, like the rest of the industry, SEMA is amping up in-car and under-the-hood tech too. In our episode, we covered some really neat entrants at the show, but there was more, much more--and we aren't talking about booth babes.
When the end of the world comes, it will arrive on the shoulders of dancing robots. The researchers behind Asimo, the humanoid robot from Honda, have tapped into the muscle behind the Xbox Kinect system to allow users to control Asimo using nothing more than their own body movements. With self-collision safeguards and upper and lower body correlation programming in place, the adorable face of our robotic overlords is moving more like a human than ever before. What's more, Aismo can now utilize a
There's a whole lot of technology built into the Chevy Volt, and some upcoming advertising for the plug-in car looks to be just as futuristic (unlike General Motors' earlier efforts). Case in point: Chevrolet and Microsoft Advertising today announced that the new Wii-like, hands-free Xbox 360 accessory called Kinect, used with a new game called Kinect Joy Ride, will let you virtually test drive a Volt. In case you were wondering, this isn't about you figuring out if a real Volt is right for you;