The ability to own a personal computer has revolutionized how we live our lives. But what if you have a physical condition that makes it impossible to use a keyboard, how do you check your email? Or if you’re a physician doing triage, how do you share your computer with other doctors without swapping germs? These are questions that Professor Dean Mohamedally brought to his colleagues and students at University College London’s Department of Computer Science in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With help from Intel, his team developed UCL MotionInput. This ground-breaking suite of applications allows people to use their laptops without physically touching a keyboard, mouse, or joypad. Instead, they use voice commands, facial expressions, or physical gestures captured by a webcam. With endless uses in healthcare, education, industry, and gaming, UCL MotionInput is the future of UX.
It started in a classroom
UCL MotionInput's creation was in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure every student had access to remote learning and help the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) with rapid patient triage.
Two students who helped create MotionInput 3.0 were Sinead Tattan and Carmen Meinson, who integrated major AI technologies like Intel® OpenVino™ into UCL MotionInput for optimal accessibility. With machine learning, features like pinching in the air for “touchless multitouch,” and “nose navigation” for browsing online by pointing one’s nose at regions of the screen, could be optimized and built for performance.
UCL MotionInput has limitless societal benefits, as it is economical, easy to use, and makes touchless computing widely available. With these capabilities people everywhere with limited abilities can create an enriching world to live in — from online shopping to communicating with loved ones.
While the UCL MotionInput team continues to find ways to make their software available to more people, leading tech companies have noticed. Professor Dean, along with his colleagues and students, welcome any collaboration that makes computing accessible to all.
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