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A Better Way to Take Self Portraits

19 June 2011 No Comment

Seriously, there should be a better way of talking self-portrait photos that standing in front of a bathroom mirror. Of course any modern digital camera has a timer setting and more professional models come with remote controls, but is there a way to make it even easier to take a photo of yourself? Shaowei Chu and Jiro Tanaka of the University of Tsukuba have developed a system to allows the user to control a camera by the use of hand gestures.

Much like a Kinect program, the system displays a live video of the user including onscreen camera controls with which the user can interact. Using a detection algorithm the system recognizes the user’s hands and fingers, the camera view can then be panned and tilted by simple hand gestures. To take a picture the user hovers a finger over the shutter button which starts a 3 second counter so he can assume which ever pose he wants. Below is a video of the prototype.

For this setup a 30 inch large display was used, however the hope that this system will be implemented in small portable cameras with front facing viewfinders or even possibly screen-less cameras. This system could mark the end of the MySpace style photo.

Interactive Programming Laboratory University of Tsukuba via GizMag

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