Andy Wilson

FlowMouse: A Computer Vision-Based Pointing and Gesture Input Device

Andrew D. Wilson and Edward Cutrell
Microsoft Research

We introduce FlowMouse, a computer vision-based pointing device and gesture input system. FlowMouse uses optical flow techniques to model the motion of the hand and a capacitive touch sensor to enable and disable interaction. By using optical flow rather than a more traditional tracking based method, FlowMouse is exceptionally robust, simple in design, and offers opportunities for fluid gesture-based interaction that go well beyond merely emulating pointing devices such as the mouse. We present a Fitts law study examining pointing performance, and discuss applications of the optical flow field for gesture input.

Wilson, A. D. and Cutrell, E. 2005. FlowMouse: a computer vision-based pointing and gesture input device. In Proceedings of IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (Rome, Italy, September 12-16, 2005). INTERACT 2005. Springer, Berlin, 565-578.

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