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Ford Uses Gestures To Open Liftgate

Posted by Andrew at 1:10 AM on November 2, 2011

Ford Escape SUVFord today announced that the new Ford Escape SUV would come with a powered liftgate that opens and closes when you kick your foot under just below the bumper . Using gesture-based technology similar to games consoles, it ensures that the liftgate doesn’t open accidentally.

Todd’s Noytes: Having actually seen this work at a Ford Demo today. It’s pretty cool and unlike anything I have seen on a car.. You can essentially kick/wave/wiggle your foot just under the bumper from almost any angle and so long as you have the key on your person.

Combined with Ford’s Intelligent Access key-less entry, owners can unlock the car and open the liftgate without even getting the keys out of their pocket or bag. Very handy if your hands are full and need to dump stuff in the back before you drop it all! The ‘gate can be closed again with a similar motion: again handy if you are taking stuff out of the car.

The hands-free power liftgate is yet another innovative Ford technology that makes customers’ lives easier,” said Jason Sprawka, Escape brand manager. “New Escape owners will be able to load their vehicle without ever having to set packages or gear down.

The system is like that used in games consoles and has a pair of sensors to detect the shin and the kicking motion. This stops other motions, say, from an animal, or bumps on rough roads, from operating the liftgate by mistake. It’s the first time the technology has been used in this market segment.

The new Escape will debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show on 16 November and will go on sale in the US in the spring.

I was going to run with a headline about Ford “giving the boot a boot” but didn’t think enough people would get the joke…

Movea MotionPod for 3D Motion Tracking

Posted by Andrew at 9:06 AM on January 25, 2011

Jeffrey talks to Brian from Movea, a name that you probably aren’t familiar with but you may be familiar with their consumer brand Gyration and the Gyration Air Mouse. On show here is their new MotionPod, a sensor module equipped with three-axis accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers all in package smaller than a matchbox. This can track a full range of motion and transmit the information wirelessly back to a PC or mobile device. The demonstration on the video shows a MotionPod attached to a golf club so that motion of the swing can be captured. Prices for the MotionPods weren’t given but they’re cheap enough to be built into consumer-level products.

Interview by Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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