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Muscle-Sensing for Computer Input

A research collaboration between UW CSE’s James Landay and graduate student Scott Saponas, Microsoft Research, and the University of Toronto is developing a muscle-controlled interface enabling gesture-driven interaction with computers.  “It’s perhaps the most promising of the billion or so Minority-Report-aspiring prototype interfaces,” says Popular Science.

“The new muscle-sensing project is ‘going after healthy consumers who want richer input modalities,’ says Desney Tan, a researcher at Microsoft and UW CSE affiliate faculty. As a result, he and his colleagues had to come up with a system that was inexpensive and unobtrusive and that reliably sensed a range of gestures.”

Read the MIT Technology Review article here.  Read the Popular Science article here.  Read the paper presented at the User Interface Software and Technology 2009 here.