Clapper of the future
Tan Jee Yee | 07 Apr 2017 00:30
The Clapper

Smart home set-ups, where sensors and artificial intelligence easily switch on the lights or air-conditioner automatically the moment you walk into the room, are not unusual in the West or Japan. 

As wonderful as smart homes are, though, they still lack the ability to interact with your objects in a more organic way. Being able to program your air conditioner to turn on when the weather gets warm is one thing, but you may still need to reach the remote to get the temperature right.

What if you can adjust the air conditioner’s temperature with just a gesture? Or what if you can control everything in your house with gestures? There is a definite charm, if not excitement, to know that you can control everything by waving your hands or through some motion. As it turns out, the seeds of this future are already being planted.

The thing about using gestures to interact with your devices or appliances is that while the gesture itself is simple, the technology and effort required to turn those uncomplicated gestures into machine interaction is a complicated process. It would require a bunch of special hardware and software to make that happen.

With the Objectifier, though, we might be able to cut down on all the processes. Developed by Bjørn Karmann as a graduate project at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, the Objectifier is described as a camera that can be plugged into any electronic device. Using a smartphone app, a user can perform a gesture to “train” a lamp, toaster or kettle to turn on and off at will.