Japanese researchers working on wink-based remote control

We've seen plenty of attempts to bring hand gesture control to everyday devices, but a group of researchers led by Osaka University's Kazuhiro Taniguchi is looking to take things one step further, with them now touting their wink-based control system. Apparently consisting of a "a single-chip computer and a couple of infrared sensors," the system, dubbed the Kome Kami Switch (or Temple Switch), lets you perform basic tasks like skipping tracks on an iPod with the blink of an eye, and is supposedly fine-tuned enough to be able to distinguish natural blinking from a deliberate wink. Needless to say, the technology's still a long ways from finding itself attached to your noggin but, as the AFP reports, the researchers "want" to launch a venture within two to three years to commercialize it.

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