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Samir Back in Action with HandWave; Gesture-based Controls for S60

Zach Epstein
September 12th, 2008 at 12:22 PM

You remember Samir, right? Made popular by his RotateMe application that enables automatic screen rotation in accelerometer-equipped S60 handsets, Samir has become one of the S60 community’s favorite young developers. He now has a pretty great catalog of apps that own the accelerometer so Samir has apparently decided to move on. What will he tackle next? Apparently the front-facing camera! And why not – it should be good for something, right? Samir’s first new project since launching his new AikonLab website is called HandWave and it’s definitely unique to say the least. The video above shows that the app is essentially a very basic gesture control system that makes use of the front camera and allows users to swipe their hand in front of the phone to trigger actions. So far it looks like only right and left d-pad commands are supported but as you can see it’s working quite well. Hopefully we can consider this a proof of concept and future builds will provide some addition movement recognition. If nothing else it will be funny to watch people swipe at their handsets as the flip through images or skip tracks. Efficient? Probably no, but cool none the less. According to Samir’s site, HandWave will be available for download beginning tomorrow.


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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