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Recognition of simple gestures using a PIR sensor array

Wojtczuk, Piotr; Armitage, Alistair; Binnie, David; Chamberlain, Timothy


Piotr Wojtczuk

Alistair Armitage

David Binnie

Timothy Chamberlain


We present an approach that is intended for simple gesture control using a relatively inexpensive pyroelectric array detector. The detector is manufactured using standard wafer processing techniques. It consists of a 16 element passive infrared sensor array that responds to changing infrared signals, such as are generated by a hand moving at a distance of some tens of centimetres in front of the array. There is quite a large variation in the responsivity of the pixels within the array, but despite that it is relatively easy to use differential signals from the array or to apply a simplified version of an image processing algorithm to track movement in front of the detector. We have developed a prototype system that can recognise hand movements in different directions in front of the detector. This has allowed us to develop a demonstrator system that can be used to control, for instance, a PowerPoint presentation by gesture.


Wojtczuk, P., Armitage, A., Binnie, D., & Chamberlain, T. (2012). Recognition of simple gestures using a PIR sensor array. Sensors & transducers, 14, 83-94

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012-03
Deposit Date Apr 30, 2012
Publicly Available Date May 16, 2017
Print ISSN 1726-5479
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Pages 83-94
Keywords Touchless interfaces; Dynamic hand gesture; Gesture recognition; Infrared motion sensors; Passive infrared sensors
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