FlowMouse: A Computer Vision-Based Pointing and Gesture Input Device

  • Andrew D. Wilson
  • Edward Cutrell
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11555261_46

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3585)
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Wilson A.D., Cutrell E. (2005) FlowMouse: A Computer Vision-Based Pointing and Gesture Input Device. In: Costabile M.F., Paternò F. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2005. INTERACT 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3585. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


We introduce FlowMouse, a computer vision-based pointing device and gesture input system. FlowMouse uses optical flow techniques to model the motion of the hand and a capacitive touch sensor to enable and disable interaction. By using optical flow rather than a more traditional tracking based method, FlowMouse is exceptionally robust, simple in design, and offers opportunities for fluid gesture-based interaction that go well beyond merely emulating pointing devices such as the mouse. We present a Fitts law study examining pointing performance, and discuss applications of the optical flow field for gesture input.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew D. Wilson
    • 1
  • Edward Cutrell
    • 1
  1. 1.Microsoft ResearchRedmondUSA

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