Mac users can now enjoy touch-free control of their computers by pairing their in-built camera with ControlAir, a free app available in Apple’s Mac App Store.
The app allows users to control music and video applications using air gestures – just raise your index finger in front of the Mac’s camera and move your finger left or right to navigate between the play/pause, skip, rewind and volume controls.
To select a function, air-click by lowering and raising your finger and mute by placing a finger to your lips in a “shush” motion.
Gideon Schmuel, CEO of eyeSight, said: “ControlAir offers a simple way to control your music and video applications. Media apps are often running in the background and ControlAir keeps the control of those apps always accessible by simply raising a finger.”
ControlAir works with MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac devices OS X 10.9 or later.
“With the help of our sensing technology, the way we control and consume media is evolving” said Shmuel. “We created ControlAir with a fun and futuristic user interface to make your Mac’s media apps smarter and easier to use. ControlAir is about freedom at your fingertip.”
ControlAir is developed by eyeSight, the creators of singlecue and a leading provider of machine vision and gesture recognition solutions for digital devices.
The company provides touch-free interfaces to OEMs such as Lenovo, Philips and Toshiba and has worked with a handful of developers to make touch-free applications.