Researchers develop glove that lets you 'air-write' texts

Now wave your hands to input text on your device. The technology, dubbed as air-writing glove system, can also be combined with Google Glass.

Published Date
05 - Mar - 2013
| Last Updated
05 - Mar - 2013
Researchers develop glove that lets you 'air-write' texts

Researchers have developed a new technology for text input on a device, one that they believe will replace the traditional keyboard and pen in future. Known as air-writing glove system, the tech allows users to type text in the air with their hand, while the letters are converted into digital text on the device.

Inventors of the 'air-writers' say users can use the glove to enter text messages and write e-mails. “The airwriting glove is used to write letters into air, as if using an invisible board or pad,” says doctoral student Christoph Amma, who developed the system at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. The scientist believes users can embed the tech into clothing and use anywhere they want.

Amma believes the technology could eventually be woven into clothing so it can be used anywhere. “The interaction is embedded seamlessly in everyday life,” he said.

There are sensors that are attached to a glove to record hand movements, then a computer system captures signals and translates them into text. These sensors are capable of determining when a user is actually writing or simply waving hands.

“All movements that are not similar to writing, such as cooking, doing laundry, waving to someone, are ignored. The system runs in the background without interpreting every movement as computer input,” says Amma.

The glove air writer can recognise complete sentences written in capital letters and currently supports a vocabulary of 8,000 words. “The system has an error rate of 11 per cent, but when it is adapted to the individual writing style of the user, the error rate drops to three per cent,' Christoph Amma says.

Amma hopes the tech can be combined with Google's Glass project for further innovative usages.

Source: Daily Mail