"CHIBA, Japan — You won't have to grope around for the remote anymore if electronics giant Toshiba's latest gadget makes it to your livingroom: a laptop that lets you issue DVD commands with your own hand — without touching the keyboard.
The "SpursEngine" processor, using Cell Broadband Engine technology jointly developed by Toshiba, IBM and Sony, allows viewers to stop, skip ahead and give other commands in real time by pointing their thumbs at the screen.
The screen senses the movement of the user's hand signals and responds accordingly.
"It uses 'SpursEngine' to recognize your fingers," said Akio Sakai, a Toshiba specialist manning the display where the company's prototype was unveiled on Tuesday at the CEATEC electronics show outside Tokyo.
Sakai said the processor can pick up the hand motions from 3.3 meters (10 feet) away. The technology isn't on the market yet, and Sakai said Toshiba still hadn't set a release date."Read full article at USA TODAY.