It seems only a few years ago, gesture control was a fantasy CGI special effect in a science fiction movie. More recently, it became reality as a slick, extension tailored to fit the interface confines of game consoles. Now gesture control is poised to change how we interact with our PCs, freeing us to interact dynamically and naturally with our most relied upon devices.


Some companies offer solutions that with an investment of around $80 or so you can now replace the camera you already have with a new 3D camera that will support gesture control.

 

Wait...what?

 

You already have a camera. In fact, you most likely have lots of them. Cameras are everywhere, embedded or otherwise connected to billions of tablets, laptops and PC devices.


And, if that camera is connected to an AMD-based PC, chances are you have all the hardware you need for gesture control. Unlike other approaches to gesture control, we can leverage the compute horsepower of AMD APUs for an extreme user experience. A great example is how we are able to process the video stream in real-time with filtering algorithms for better accuracy even in challenging conditions such as dim lighting or a when the light source is concentrated in one spot, such is often the case with a table lamp. In fact, this same fantastic video processing capabilities of AMD APUs are what powers things like AMD QuickStream1, AMD Steady Video2, and AMD Perfect Picture HD3 – the optimized software we include with AMD APU-based systems to enhance video in real-time during playback, clean up compression-induced blocky artifacts from streaming video, sharpen edges, enhance colors and help remove camera shake from your friends' videos.

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Last year, we introduced AMD Gesture Control4 powered by our technology partner eyeSight technology with exclusive light filtering technology for greater accuracy5 and a wider gesture recognition field, and  We made this functionality available for popular media uses, from media players end user scenarios from music and video playback to page flipping on e-readers. This year we are adding more end user control over to enable gestures in all applications by providing a “virtual mouse” function that allows users to use their finger gestures instead of a mouse for controlling any application and by leveraging Windows 8 “swipes” which you can now do in the air instead of by touching your device – making gesture truly universal.  Best of all, AMD APUs with AMD Gesture Control can continue to deliver this functionality using the embedded or add-on standard web cams you already have. That means there is no extra hardware to buy.

 

So, what can you do with AMD Gesture Control? How about:

 

  • Make a flip gesture  to scan through an electronic recipe book on your PC while cooking in the kitchen.
  • Play, pause and skip videos that you are pushing from your tablet to your TV with a simple wave of your hand.
  • Surfing the web during a meeting and all of a sudden an ad pops up with really loud music? Just motion to your PC to ‘shhhhh’ to silence the audio without reaching for the volume controls. (this is one of the new 2014 features of AMD Gesture Control)

 

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APUs to help bring new gestures, higher accuracy and new experiences to your PCs. One day hopefully soon you will be able to move the mouse around the screen by holding up a finger, then ‘air click’ when you want to select something. Or, add your own gestures controls to your favorite applications by simply mapping a gesture to a keyboard shortcut!


These examples are just the beginning. We are hard at work with eyeSight to fully leverage the compute power of the AMD HSA architecture in the just announced “Kaveri”


You can start to interact with your PC in new and exciting ways today, turning it into a more intelligent, personalized, productivity, and entertainment machine. Check out AMD Gesture Control in this video. Better yet, if you already have a qualified AMD-based PC, get started with AMD Gesture Control and other AMD software today:  www.amd.com\experiences.

 

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1. AMD Quick Stream is a technology designed to prioritize video streaming over other activities requiring Internet bandwidth for a smooth, uninterrupted video stream.  AMD Quick Stream technology is available on select PCs and requires Windows®7. Not all features may be supported on all systems - check with your system manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies.

2. AMD Steady Video is a technology designed to eliminate shakes and jitters during the playback of home video.  Users may turn on this technology via the AMD Catalyst Control Center™ or the VISION Engine Control Center application. AMD Steady Video will work with content that can run on Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 (and later versions) or on any player which has been programed to use AMD’s decode acceleration (DXVA) engine.  AMD Steady Video is not designed to (a) isolate overlays, logos or captions, or (b) improve the playback of letter boxed, premium/commercial, or interlaced content.  AMD Steady Video is only recommended for use with videos that contain unwanted shakes and jitters

3. AMD Perfect Picture HD is an image, video processing and display technology that features advanced de-interlacing, dynamic contrast adjustment, color vibrancy, noise reduction and edge enhancement that provides brilliant colors and sharp images for smooth playback of Blu-ray and other HD content on your PC.

4. AMD Gesture Control is designed to enable gesture recognition as a tool for controlling certain applications on your PC.  Only available on select AMD A-Series APU-based tablets and notebooks. Requires a web camera, and will only operate on PCs running Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system.  Supported Windows desktop apps include: Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat Reader. Supported Windows Store apps include: Microsoft Photos, Microsoft Music, Microsoft Reader and Kindle.  Performance may be degraded in low lighting or intensely-focused lighting environments.

5. AMD Gesture Control delivers a better user experience with optimized light filtering technology, enabling up to 470% better accuracy at near distances as well as up to 112% greater max detection field in low light. Testing performed by AMD performance labs measuring gesture recognition accuracy in AMD Gesture Control with and without the optimized light filtering technology for a series of mouse control commands performed at a distance of 12 inches from the web camera on a notebook PC with upcoming AMD A10-5750M with AMD Radeon™ HD 8650G, 4GB of DDR3-1600 (dual channel) RAM, Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit) Build 9200, video driver 12.100.0.0 - 12/06/2012 in a low light (~30 lux) environment.  Gesture recognition increased from 16.67% to 95% accuracy with optimized light filtering technology. The max detection field (furthest distance away from camera before gestures are no longer detected) increased from 26 to 55 inches with the light filtering technology.  RIN-7