DigInfo TV: Futuristic vehicle interface with a predictive direc

DigInfo TV: Futuristic vehicle interface with a predictive direct and gesture
based input system from Alps Electric (Video) 
Tokyo, Oct 17, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Diginfo TV ( www.diginfo.tv ) has posted
a video on Alps Electric's futuristic vehicle interface. Alps Electric has
developed a next-generation vehicle interface, created using its own sensors
and input devices. The interface consists of a Multi-Modal Commander, allowing
for direct and gesture based input, as well as a Haptic Shifter which changes
settings according to the situation. 
The Multimodal Commander is a hemispherical device with a capacitive sensor
and a near-infrared sensor. It can be operated intuitively not only by touch,
but also by moving your hand around it. It also supports gesture input, using
the space at the top of the device. 
"The system has to detect whether the user is really reaching out to use
it, or is just moving their hand nearby. This detection is done by creating a
kind of curtain with infrared. If a hand goes inside the curtain, and gets
close to the Commander, the system deduces that the hand is approaching to use
it." 
On the other hand, the Haptic Shifter, a next-generation shift lever, enables
the shift gate and load settings to be changed, in line with the user's
preferences. 
"Haptic technology means we can create a variety of sensations. This
device can change the shift gate from I to H shaped. It can also guide the user
automatically when changing from low gear to second." 
In addition, those operations can be predicted, through the
behavior-predicting IR sensor. This enables the device guidance capability to
be called up before a device is touched. This is achieved using optical flow to
detect hand motion vectors. The system can also guess who the user is, so it
can provide different menus for the driver's and passenger's seats. 
"We'd like to release this in 5 to 6 years. We'd like to market
it not only for operating all kinds of equipment, but also as a way of making
cars adapt to people. That would make cars fun to drive, by combining
entertainment with driving." 
Diginfo TV: http://www.diginfo.tv/v/12-0185-r-en.php
Diginfo News: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk7qRbVii84&feature=plcp 
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