MIT Media Lab creates Invisible Mouse

by Mark R

I did a report the other day about how some MIT students made an interesting projector/computer out of their desklamp called the LuminAR, and it just shows how much MIT creates some of the stuff that I would like to have.

It would appear that the Pranav Mistry at the MIT Media Lab has created something even cooler than the desktop laptop with the “invisible mouse”.

It uses “an infrared laser beam and infrared camera to capture hand movements and accurately translate them into computer commands”.

My source doesn’t say how the user does these invisible mouse commands. I just assume that the user moves his hand around the side of the desk within a certain area to move the cursor on their computer. I’m also going to guess that mouse clicks are done by moving a finger, and then dragging by keeping that finger down.

Mistry is not planning on mass-producing and selling this product, but he really ought to, because I could use something like it. He does say that someone could build this device for a low price of just $20. I guess I’m going to figure out if can get an IR camera and IR laser for that combination price. Now all I need is some easy-to-read instructions.


8 reviews or comments

Soni Says: July 7, 2010 at 1:03 am

I wonder what happenes when you put it on your lap…

Ed Says: July 7, 2010 at 6:40 am

That should be built in to laptops

Tutorial, Tips, Trick, Info. Says: July 9, 2010 at 7:01 am

its very nice, very good technology

Nic Says: July 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Are these free?!
Where can we even get these?

Nic Says: July 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm

i dont like my icon

Nic Says: July 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm

why did they cross it out AA!

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