A team of engineers from the University of Washington have developed a new way of navigating around your smartphone.  They have developed a “new form of low-power wireless sensing technology that lets users “train” their smartphones to recognize and respond to specific hand gestures near the phone”.  A really cool feature about this wireless sensing technology is that your smartphone doesn’t have to use its camera to see your gesture.  The phone could be in a pocket, a purse, or just plain out of sight.  As long as the phone is near, whether visible or not, it will be able to detect the gesture using a reflection of the phone’s wireless transmission.  The phone responds to gestures by  “using multiple small antennas to capture the changes in the reflected signal and classify the changes to detect the type of gesture performed”.  Certain gestures may change the current song playing to the next…

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