Elliptic Labs is about to introduce a new iPad dock that offers touchless control almost identical to the Xbox Kinect sensor. The company’s Touchless Gesture User Interface uses ultrasound waves 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 says
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.
From the Youtube video it makes it look like the controller is not as complex as the Kinect controller. It looks like you must be within about 3 feet from the controller. Also it seems that the controller is limited to only a few hand gestures.
Elliptic Labs will unveil the iPad dock at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Pricing and launch information is unknown at the moment.