gesture controlled tap gesture controlled tap
may 17, 2010

gesture controlled tap

jasper dekker is a dutch designer who developed this concept for a kitchen sink tap that is controlled using touchless interactions. the project has all the control of a standard tap without any moving parts. instead users wave their hands near the tap to control everything from the speed of water to the temperature and flow configuration. to turn on the tap, users swipe their hand along the side of the tap in a forward motion. the water then comes out at a speed that corresponds to the speed of the gesture. if they swiped on the right side, they activate the hot water and on the left side, the cold water. to change the flow configuration from a single stream to multiple streams, the user gestures horizontally away from the tap. dekker built a fully functional prototype that utilized two arrays of infra-red distance sensors to recognize the hand gestures and a home-made water control system.

  • I love the idea of the touchless control of the tap (and the general aesthetics), but I’m a bit wary of the “real world” users..

    I suspect that they will touch the surface you’re supposed to gesture along, making the whole point of the tap useless…

    kees says:
  • I would also love to see the users’ response to the surfacing. What gestures does it actually convey without instruction?

    QF says:
  • Why?
    I don’t get the point of gestural interface to replace the current physical control, which give much more control precision, feedback, and pleasure…
    touchless for touchless?

    Raphael says:
  • Touchless equals non-transmission of the dastardly . . . d;-)

    Jetwax says:

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