‘Invisible Key’ invented in Taiwan, opens door via hand gestures

By on Oct 4, 2011 in Amazing, Asia, Science, Technology, World Comments

A so-called ‘invisible key‘ was invented in Taiwan, which can make anyone open a door via hand gestures and may replace traditional keys and power switches in the future.



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As noted at Focus Taiwan, the country’s news agency channel on Sunday, October 2, 2011, the ‘invisible key‘ that can unlock doors was invented by a Taiwanese professor named Tsai Yao-Pin.

According to the report, Yao-Pin is a Computer and Communication Engineering instructor at the Technology and Science Institute of Northern Taiwan (TSINT).

Tsai and his research team won a gold medal at 2011 Taipei International Invention Show and Technomart, which was held from September 29 to October 2, along with other winners.

The ‘invisible key‘ inventor was said to have used triaxial accelerometer technology for door locks and a single-chip controller as the core control of the system to open doors without using a key.

This chip was especially designed to track users’ hand gestures in 3D motions, which can be stored for future use, in which the idea was said to have taken from motion controllers such as from Nintendo Wii.

Tsai Yao-pin told reports that his ‘invisible key‘ might be available commercially in the mid 2012 since several companies have already shown interest in his invention.



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