updated 06:45 pm EST, Wed December 22, 2010
Basic gestures supported
Elliptic Labs, an Oslo-based startup, is set to introduce a new iPad dock that offers touchless input similar to that of Microsoft's Xbox Kinect sensor. The company's Touchless Gesture User Interface system utilizes ultrasound to track hand movements in a zone that extends approximately one foot beyond the front of the dock and the sides of the device.
CEo Stian Aldrin suggests the technology is designed to make basic input gesturing easier when the tablet is docked and potentially further away from the user, or for situations "when you have wet or greasy hands in the kitchen," according to an interview with Mobile Magazine.
The system appears to be much simpler than Kinect, with limited range and recognition of few gestures. A preview video shows a user swiping through pictures by moving a hand from left to right or top to bottom, while music playback can be paused or resumed by bringing an open palm toward the dock.
Elliptic Labs will formally unveil the iPad dock next month at CES in Las Vegas. Pricing and launch information remains unclear.