From time to time, an innovative technology enters into the market which gets our heart all a-flutter. This time, the new player in the market is gestures-based controller, Flutter. Controlling the things by means of gestures is not a brand new technology because it has been used by Microsoft with their Kinect motion detecting hardware which enables the users to use their bodies as the controller for several games and to navigate through menus using gestures. As well, there are number of iOS apps that have incorporated gesture-based user interfaces to enable users to navigate through a range of app screens by means of various gestures like swipes and flicks. By taking this popularity of controlling things with gestures into consideration, the guys over at Bot Square Inc. have created a simple and lightweight concept app ‘Flutter’ to enable you to control music on your Desktop with your hands.
Now, forget all that clumsiness of clicking the button or switching to the app just to play/pause the music player on your desktop, as you can control your music player by means of your webcam and hand gestures with the Flutter app. It is a Kinect-like app for your desktop, but it doesn’t necessitate a separate hardware like Kinect; instead it simply uses the webcam to recognize the gestures. This app is available for Windows 7 as well as Mac OS 10.6 and higher.
At present, Flutter is in Alpha stages and is free to download from the website flutterapp.com and the Mac App Store. The Mac version of Flutter works with Spotify, QuickTime, iTunes and VLC Media Player, while the Windows 7 version works with Spotify, iTunes and Windows Media Player. Flutter can control only one of these music apps at a time, and it notifies a name of that app in a notification.
All you need to do to use this app is configuring the webcam and learning the proper hand gestures. The app is very straightforward, being powerful at the same time. It makes use of camera to recognize the simple waving hand gestures to play/pause music player. When the Flutter app is brought into play, the camera waits patiently in the background for identifiable gestures which advises it to play/pause the music.
The gesture is really very easy; the users simply have to raise their hand in front of the camera with their palm facing to the fore to kick Flutter into action. To start or stop music and even movies, the app works anywhere from a foot to around 6 feet from your desktop. The app works even when the music app is running in the background, means at the time when you may be typing an email or doing any other work.
- A simple and lightweight concept app
- Totally free to download
- Supports Windows 7 as well as Mac OS 10.6 and higher
- Works with Spotify, QuickTime, iTunes, and VLC Media Player
- Uses the webcam to recognize the gestures
- Play and pause your media player by means of hand gestures
- Works even when the music app is running in the background
Video of FlutterApp – Gesture Controlled Media from YouTube