Recognition of simple gestures using a PIR sensor array.

Wojtczuk, Piotr, Armitage, Alistair, Binnie, David and Chamberlain, Timothy (2012) Recognition of simple gestures using a PIR sensor array. Sensors & Transducers Journal, 14 (1). pp. 83-94. ISSN 1726-5479

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We present an approach that is intended for simple gesture control using a relatively inexpensive pyroelectric array detector. The detector is manufactured using standard wafer processing techniques. It consists of a 16 element passive infrared sensor array that responds to changing infrared signals, such as are generated by a hand moving at a distance of some tens of centimetres in front of the array. There is quite a large variation in the responsivity of the pixels within the array, but despite that it is relatively easy to use differential signals from the array or to apply a simplified version of an image processing algorithm to track movement in front of the detector. We have developed a prototype system that can recognise hand movements in different directions in front of the detector. This has allowed us to develop a demonstrator system that can be used to control, for instance, a PowerPoint presentation by gesture.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1726-5479
Additional Information:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Touchless interfaces; Dynamic hand gesture; Gesture recognition; Infrared motion sensors; Passive infrared sensors
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 620 Engineering > 621 Electronic & mechanical engineering > 621.3 Electrical & electronic engineering > 621.36 Optical engineering including lasers & fibre optics
Library of Congress Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Item ID: 5228
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2012 10:45
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2016 14:49

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