Gesture recognition through a smartphone’s camera certainly isn’t something we’ve never seen before, but it’s a rare sight on Android. eyeSight, based out of Israel, has been working on Symbian for awhile now, and is making the jump to Android, allowing you to mute incoming calls, navigate GPS menus, documents, and web pages, control music, and play games by waving your hand over the camera. This is pretty avant-garde, considering few Android phones have a forward-facing camera, but no doubt the HTC EVO 4G and the upcoming Galaxy S helped nudge eyeSight towards the platform.
A few lower-end handsets have come with gesture sensitivity built in, like the Sony Ericsson T707 and Motorola W7, but we’ve yet to see any widespread implementation on smartphones. The main concern with a software-based solution is obviously battery drain – having the camera on and reading nonstop will no doubt have an effect, however eyeSight claims their app has little CPU and memory requirements. Interesting idea in any case, and I’m curious to see how developers could implement the technology. Head over to eyeSight for a closer look.