How gesture control mitigates hygiene hazards for Smart Buildings, kiosks and information panels

Gesture recognition technology, once a staple of science fiction, is now a reality. When we talk about gesture control, we are discussing the ability for non-contact interaction with digital systems through advanced sensing and algorithmic computing.
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An Introduction to Gesture Control

Various forms of basic gestural interfaces have been in development for decades; most notably in touchless multifactor authentication (MFA) in healthcare and image-assisted surgery. Entertainment systems were the first technologies to truly leverage gesture control in a meaningful commercial way, by supporting local gameplay in small room settings. Yet widespread market uptake of gesture control systems has been comparatively slow, with some smartphone manufacturers and big auto engineers backing novel uses of the technology in the future.
Hand Gesture

Virtually no research and development (R&D) pipeline has been unaffected by the abrupt and disruptive realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gesture recognition, however, has been earmarked as a pioneering technology for ‘smart systems’ where contactless interactions could significantly mitigate hygiene hazards. As a result, gesture control technologies have been accelerated to meet rapidly changing market demands and assist with the economic recovery, especially in the retail sector.

What is Smart Retail?

Smart retail is a catchall term for the manifold of technologies aimed at leveraging digital systems to improve the customer experience, making every shopping trip a faster, more efficient, and safer experience. That mandate takes on a new meaning when the importance of personal hygiene and the risk of cross-contamination between individuals is at the forefront of everybody’s minds. Basic gesture control can play a key part in rebuilding the confidence of shoppers by eliminating the need to touch surfaces unnecessarily.

Gesture Recognition Systems from Terabee

At Terabee, we have a long history of developing advanced sensing solutions based on infrared Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology, including basic gesture recognition systems engineered to replace manual controls in industrial settings. Our proactive philosophy means that we regularly recognize new niche applications of our core technologies, and smart retail (along with smart buildings and digital signage), has been in our eye-line for some time.

Subsequently we have accelerated the release of our innovative TeraRanger Evo Swipe Plus sensor as a response to the changing global dynamic. This discrete optical ToF sensor uses an infrared light source with a nominal update rate of 25 Hz and a maximum range of 3 meters, and it is embedded with a proprietary gesture recognition algorithm. The result is an easily integrated sensing solution that can reliably detect simple swipes of the hand in left/right or up/down directions, whilst a ‘push’ gesture is used to validate commands, in the same way you’d use the enter key of a laptop or mobile device

Our Evo Swipe system is designed for OEM design-in projects. It is applicable to smart building, smart retail and other digital signage and information kiosk applications. If you would like to speak with a member of the team about integrating our gesture recognition technology into your doors, screens, and kiosks, simply contact us using the link below.

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TeraRanger Evo Swipe Plus

Detect people movement, trigger actions based on proximity, measure customer engagement and perform touchless gesture recognition. Evo Swipe Plus does it all in one compact and easy to integrate ToF sensor
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Evo Swipe Plus is ideally suited to digital information screens and kiosks, interactive advertising, smart retail installations and all manner of touchless gesture recognition applications.

The sensor can be used in two configurations. One allows presence detection and counting, event triggering and touchless gesture control. In the other configuration presence detection is replaced with a bi-directional people traffic counter. This allows you to track how many people pass by your digital asset from right to left or left to right, and when, and to see how many people engage with it.

At a time when virus propagation is in all our minds, the touchless left/right, right/left and validation gesture commands of Evo Swipe Plus eliminate the need for continual disinfection of touchscreens and keypads, whilst giving users an added sense of security.

The TeraRanger Evo Swipe Plus is no longer available. You can purchase available stock from our Reseller partners using the link below.

TeraRanger Evo Mini

Single and multi-pixel capability in 1 sensor - 3 cm to 3.3 m range, 9 grams
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Our smallest and lightest TeraRanger Evo sensor provides versatile performance and value for money. Optimized for indoor distance sensing, Evo Mini offers ranging capabilities from 3 cm up to 3.3 m. Switch easily from single-pixel to multi-pixel modes. Evo Mini also features a robust ABS enclosure for increased protection and is supported with Arduino and Raspberry Pi sample codes and free ROS nodes to get your projects up and running in no time.

The TeraRanger Evo Mini is no longer available. You can purchase available stock from our Reseller partners using the link below.

TeraRanger Evo 64px

Multi-pixel ToF depth sensor
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Developed for indoor use, Evo 64px outputs a matrix of 8 × 8 high-speed distance readings over a 15 degree Field of View, with a maximum range of up to 5 meters. All in a small and lightweight form-factor, only 12 grams. A free graphical user interface is available for quick tests on your PC, and drivers for ROS are also written adding to the plug and play convenience.

The TeraRanger Evo 64px is no longer available. You can purchase available stock from our Reseller partners using the link below.

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