Control Your Computer by Blowing at it

I recently saw this great video with this neat feature that lets a user control certain computer applications by blowing straight at the screen.

Georgia Tech students have developed a program that, using one microphone only, lets you process and select different items on your computer by blowing on it. This may be set up using a short calibration session.

This could be helpful for individuals with certain physical disabilities. In addition, the video below featuring a Jack Sparrow look-alike illustrates different applications it may be used for, such as: games (blowing out candles), screen scrolling, and more. If this technology truly exists and works as presented in this video, it would be a great advancement.

Via: Makezine

8 thoughts on “Control Your Computer by Blowing at it

  1. spanatko.

    excuse me, but this belongs to the nonsense of the year category.. How about hanging a nano-scale wind-turbine-field on the guys nose and actually save the world!!! I dont know what you guys are smoking but it must be good..

  2. Eran Abramson.

    Thank you for the comments.
    @Tom: Nintendo has really been taking a lead with enhanced interactivity. What they have done with the Wii is simply amazing, so it makes sense they innovated for the DS as well.

  3. Tom.

    Sorry guys, Nintendo is a few steps ahead of the game. In their latest portable gaming device, the DS, some puzzles in some games require you to blow out candles by blowing into the DS mic, or to yell at large eared enemies to disable them.

    The game I’m talking about is The Legend of Zelda, Phantom hourglass, but it’s only a matter of time until more stuff like this comes out for the DS.

  4. Eran Abramson.

    Hi David and Wayne, thank you both for coming.

    @David: I think this would be good for individuals with disabilities. As far as accuracy, it could only get better with time.

    @Wayne: Hi Wayne, you are right. I must admit that you cracked me up. I could totally see people spitting on their screen because it does not respond to their breath. 🙂

  5. Wayne Smallman.

    Obviously, it’s not so much the act of blowing itself, but more the sound created.

    Which is just as well, really. What we don’t want is a screen full of spit!

    Also, what happens when you sneeze?


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