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Wi-fi Gesture Controller ‘WiSee’ Built on Ubuntu, Pimped on the BBC

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WiSee & Ubuntu Grace BBC News Front Page

It’s always interesting to see Ubuntu grace the pages of the  popular press – even when it’s not referenced directly.

An article on the BBC News website today, June 5th, is one such occurrence.

The piece concerns gesture-controlled tech able to read movements based on disruptions to Wi-Fi signals. The main post image of the piece is a screenshot of the tech being run on Ubuntu. That grab is also currently showing up on the BBC News front page, too.

“Joey!”, some of you may be thinking, “Surely the news is that the WiSee team are using Ubuntu, and not that it’s on the BBC website!”

That’s certainly true. It is great to see Ubuntu being used in the building of tomorrow’s technology. But hey – a guy needs an angle!

WiSee

In the following video put together by the research team you can see Ubuntu in use several times. The application itself looks as though it’s written in Java.

Now before anyone gets too excited it’s worth pointing out that the tech the team used to “read” gestures via WiFi signals isn’t your standard discount Belkin router. In fact, the BBC report that the researcher’s kit costs ‘about 10 times the price of Microsoft’s Kinect.’

So don’t expect Ubuntu Wave to arrive anytime soon! ;)

For more information on the WiSee, the team behind it and its potential uses head over to the BBC News article or the University of Washington webpage.

Wisee BBC News Article

WiSee Post on Washington.edu Website