Lithuania-based Neurotechnology introduces software eliminating need for mouse in computer navigation

August 21st, 2012 by Manmohan Leave a reply »

The programme, available on the company’s Web site as a free download, requires just a webcam and the NPointer software to function on Microsoft Windows-based machines, writes LETA/ELTA.

“Today’s release of NPointer is the first step toward gesture recognition that does not require special hardware,” Vaidas Didvalis, NPointer project leader said in a statement. “We expect this technology will find many new fields of application and, based on user feedback, we will continue to improve it.”

To utilize the programme, all the computer user has to do is place their hand on their desk and computer vision technology allows hand movements to be recorded via webcam and then translated into pointer movements that are displayed on screen. NPointer emulates actions one would normally perform with a mouse including clicks, double-clicks, drags, scrolls and the like.

“Similar to a touchpad on a computer, NPointer uses the image of your hand as if it were a mouse,” Jennifer Newton, a representative for Neurotechnology told “You hold your hand still and then controls will be brought up on screen and then you tap your finger to use it as a pointer over any spot on the computer screen.”

Additionally, the programme is designed to cater to a disabled population, as it can also function using movements from a person’s head or arm.

“It detects whatever is moving and uses what’s moving as a pointer,” Newton said.

Neurotechnology was founded in 1990 in Lithuania as a product of many years of advanced research in neuro-informatics, image processing and pattern recognition. Since that time, the company has released upwards of eighty products that provide biometric fingerprint, face, iris, palm-print and voice identification algorithms, as well as object recognition technologies and software development products.

Over 2,000 system integrators, security companies and hardware providers have integrated the company’s algorithms into their products that reach to a customer base of several million.



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