By Amy Gilroy
Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) announced at the LA Auto Show that it is developing gesture control for the car radio.
The first we heard of this was last month, at the CEATEC show in Japan, where Toyota debuted a “Smart Insect” prototype electric car using motion sensing via Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Kinect.
Wednesday, the head of Toyota’s U.S. division, Jim Lentz, confirmed the car maker is working with Microsoft to pursue hand motion control over functions like turning up the volume on the radio, said The Wall Street Journal.
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By Amy Gilroy
Car makers are experimenting with gesture controlled radios at an increasing pace.
Harman International (NYSE:HAR) is the latest to jump on the bandwagon, showing a concept car in Europe that controls the radio and air conditioning with nods, winks and taps on the steering wheel in an effort to reduce driver distraction. Harman said its system could reach the market in 2 or 3 years.
Harman’s system relies on a infra-red sensor mounted in the dash that looks for facial expressions and gestures that are interpreted by an onboard computer, says Recombu.
A wink can turn on the radio. Tilting your head right or left can lower or raise the volume. If you tap on the steering wheel, you can skip to the next track. Read More