Fluid Motion aims to make gesture recognition tech more accessible

The Indian startup was inspired by the movie Minority Report, and offers a gesture recognition platform which allows control of the computer via hand gestures--compatible with any hardware including TV, laptops, and projectors.

We've heard a lot about gesture recognition from smartphones to televisions and this is something that has been touted as a revoltion in the way humans will interact with computing according to a lot of tech pundits. Certainly, we're seeing a lot of fascination for something along these lines.


That's where The Fluid Motion a product launched under Trutech Webs, a cloud computing company, comes into picture.

Raghav and Abhinav Aggarwal, both of them brothers and partners in this venture were fascinated by the movie, Minority Report, like futuristic gesture controlled interface and decided to bring it to life.

The Fluid Motion offers a gesture recognition platform which allows you to fully control the computer via hand gestures. Their technology is something along the similar lines of Kinect , Leap Motion or Intel's Perceptual Computing that we heard of, only the concept is much more specific in terms of the spectrum of applications they offer. Their offering is a standard implementation which includes the hardware and software from their end.

Compatible with any hardware including TV, laptops, and projectors, it proves useful as a retail application for product catalogue display, as a boardroom application for presentations and advanced computer controls and also as a panoramic and 3D visualizer to view 3D models. So you can skim through PowerPoint presentations, navigate through Google maps, switch between windows, explore a 3D image, surf the Internet or even slice your way through games like Fruit Ninja solely using hand gestures.

This product has two versions the close range which works from 6 inches to 3 feet and the far range which works from 2 feet to 15 feet. The Close Range is capable of tracking ones fingers, and is more for kiosks and personal computers. The Far range is more for retail stores, showrooms, offices with large screens to provide a new layer of interactivity.

With such technology in place I'd certainly expect it to have a lot of scope across multiple industries. Interactive product catalogues, information kiosks, 3D model viewers for architecture and education, corporate presentations, advanced computer controls are just some applications of this technology.

According to Abhinav, their presentation application was recently used at the India Design Forum by the Indian School of Design and Innovation to showcase the upcoming design school and latest courses in a really immersive and interactive way. It also garnered attention at the Rolls Royce exhibition where customers could interactively design their own Rolls Royce by simple hand gestures.

Their platform has gesture-recognition based apps that are provided to customers. Alternatively, they provide a developer's platform which companies can utilize to build their own gesture-based apps. It can be used to control computers/interactive displays from a distance, solely using hand gestures without the need of any external devices, that is how their technology is built interacting directly and it provides a smarter unique interface to industries which enable them to interact with their customers more effectively. The gesture controls make it more intuitive and simple to use and understand.

The founders were winners at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in New York in 2012. Their company is now a team of 20 technology enthusiasts in Mumbai who are trying to bring this revolutionary product and develop it further to change the way human computing affects lives of everyone around us. What do you think about this technology?