The Mouseless project removes the mouse from the tabletop by replacing it with a system that can recognize hand and finger movements. We’ve seen some similar gesture based projects before, but this idea is so simple, it’s surprising we haven’t seen it before.
Mouseless uses an IR laser beam, an IR camera and software to track the movement of your hands and fingers. The IR laser and IR camera are attached to a standard laptop as shown below. The beam covers the area adjacent to the laptop where the user places his cupped hand as if holding an actual mouse.
The IR camera picks up the bright spots highlighted by the IR laser and the software translates the movements as mouse movements and mouse clicks. This is a working prototype and the Mouseless device can be further enhanced by including a whole library of detectable human gestures. Another awesome note is the Mouseless Project only costs around $20 to build.