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Camera Phones Can Be Used As a 3D Mouse

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Jan 21, 2008, 9:55 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

New prototype software from researchers in the U.K. can allow camera phones to control computers like a mouse, but in three dimensions. The cell phone is connected to the PC via Bluetooth and the software lets users wave the handset around in front of the computer to control and interact with things on the screen. When the phone and PC are first connected the software aligns the phone's camera relative to the screen using a video feed, and the phone can then be used to control the computer. This includes three dimensional movements, such as zooming in and out, and rotating. The software also assigns functions to the phone's buttons. The researchers said it needs to go through more refinement before it becomes available to the public, and they envision such uses as using it to interact with public information stations.

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Jan 22, 2008, 2:22 PM

Every heard of HID?

A variety of phones already have the HID profile built in. I can use my Sony Ericsson phone with my bluetooth dongle to act as my mouse. Kinda cool when I dont have time to run and buy batteries for my wireless mouse. When i use the phone, I can do all the same stuff I can with my mouse. Just use the dpad to direct where the pointer is going & soft keys/center button to do the clicking...
Hmmm...the article states that you would wave your phone in front of the screen and use it that way. The one you use you say you use the navigation pad? Sounds much easier than moving your phone all over the screen.

Jan 22, 2008, 7:44 AM


the Wii fone! we can now slay the evil forces of telecommunications with the wave of the arm! my fone is a sword! a whip! kung foo! better have a built in hand strap on the fone now so it wont fly away when u get too excited.. lol
🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 ajjajajaajjajaja. good one

Jan 21, 2008, 11:50 AM


Thats the first word that comes in mind to this technology. Why would i wanna wave my arm around like an idiot when i can just use the mouse right next to the computer.

Jan 21, 2008, 12:22 PM

won't catch on

I heavily doubt this will every catch on to anyone that isn't a huge geek.

Not useless, but probably just won't ever happen unless it's automatically built into all phones.

And that probably won't happen.

Most people think Bluetooth is just an earpiece to the phone. Heaven forbid you try to explain it can do more.
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