The video above is a short demo showing a Photoshop plugin that introduces some introductory gesture controls to the image editing program.
It’s a plugin that’s currently being developed by a company called 3Gear Systems. Their goal is to take the consumer 3D camera technology introduced by Microsoft Kinect and translate it from full-body actions to tiny finger-precise gestures.
Rather than controlling things by turning your body or swinging your arms, a slight flick of your finger would be enough to control something on your computer. The system has “millimeter-level accuracy,” 3Gear says. It uses a camera mounted about 2.5-feet above your desk and computer.
For the demo above, the engineers created a plugin that lets Photoshop users pan and zoom using various motions done with the left hand. This lets you keep your right hand on your mouse or pen — something that could be useful for photo retouchers who use some kind of drawing tablet.
Perhaps one day the system could be advanced enough to allow for gesture-controlled sliders, allowing you to post-process your photographs as if you were some kind of orchestra conductor.
Here’s a more general demonstration of the 3Gear system:
3Gear’s technology is being offered as an open API so that developers can take advantage of it. It’s free for educational, hobby, and small commercial purposes, and costs a licensing fee if you’re a big company looking to add gesture functionality.
No word yet on when we might see this land as a full-blown plugin for Photoshop, but it appears that Minority Report-style photo editing will soon be upon us.
(via John Nack)
Image credit: Conductor – Frederik Magle conducting, rehearsal 2 by Magle.dk