Tablets are for touching — that much is understood. But Qualcomm’s making it so your fingers will be mostly optional, thanks to the Kinect-like powers of its Snapdragon CPU. To highlight this, the company’s uploaded a couple of videos to its YouTube channel that showcase two practical use case scenarios for the gesture tech: gaming and cooking. Using the device’s front-facing camera, users will one day soon be able to control onscreen avatars, page forward and back through recipes, setup profiles and even wake their slates all with simple hand or head movements. Alright, so tactile-free navigation of this sort isn’t exactly new, but it does up open up the tablet category to a whole new world of innovation. Head past the break to peek the demos in action.
Qualcomm demos touch-free gesture control for tablets powered by Snapdragon (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Aug 2012 16:22:00 EST.