Gesture Control

Gesture Control

Student Author: 
Richard Mui
Date: 
May 2017
Supervisor(s): 
Maya Przybylski

I am interested in developing new hybrid manual and computer controlled construction methodologies for the construction of temporary architecture. The relationship between manual techniques and computer control is a dialogue rather than a process of supersession. In order to promote this relationship, computer controlled machinery should provide visceral feedback in addition to numerical feedback. I believe that input method is integral to achieving this visceral relationship. Gesture control is one of such input methods that I will be exploring. To this end, I believe that processing could be a great asset to my research. Through this project I hope to create a simple gesture controlled installation that will allow users to feel more physically connected to a digital projection.

My intent for this project is to create a prototype of a gesture controlled apparatus which could be developed into a series of more sophisticated applications in the future. The major focus is to achieve gesture control; therefore the specific visual output at this point is secondary. The installation should be able to capture a user’s gestural input from a camera or motion sensing device. Users should not have to physically press any buttons for the installation to work. The major challenge of the project is to figure out a logical way to translate a hand gesture into something a computer could understand.