Sony VAIO gets Kinect-style gestures

Sony is about to release its latest 14-inch notebook, the VAIO E Series 14P with Kinect style gesture control.

It measures in at 22.4mm thick, the 1366 x 768 notebook runs Intel’s Core i3-2350M processor paired with 4GB of DDR3 memory and AMD Radeon HD 7670M graphics with 1GB of dedicated VRAM.

What is unusual about this machine is that the 1.3-megapixel Exmor HD webcam can be used for video calls, but also with gesture control.

If you hold your hand up in front of the camera moving around objects can control your software.

This means that you can swipe left or right moves through webpages or photo galleries and pulling your hand down pauses music playback or a slideshow.

The gesture control is only supported by Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer 9, PowerPoint and PowerDVD. Other than that it is an ordinary 500GB wi-fi machine.

The hardware is not Kinect, and indeed we are expecting to see Kinect on Windows 8 machines,  but it does mean that Microsoft was on the ball when it introduced the technology. What is interesting is that it means that touch screen technology, which Intel was telling us was going to be a must have on laptops, probably isn’t.

After all, what is the point of having greasy smears all over your screen if the gesture controller can see what you are doing without having to touch the screen.