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I need a good solution for basic gesture recognition (touchless), like swipe left, up, down, right, "tap" hardware/software for Raspberry Pi.

I've seen http://www.hoverlabs.co/#hover which looks very cool, but doesn't seem suited for something that could be hidden inside say a panel frame. Can it be enclosed at all? If it is based on capacitance then maybe not.

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I've experimented with both PIR sensors and IR emitter/detectors. Both of which work but each have their issues. A pair of PIR or IR sensors can in theory detect swipe direction. But it would be great if there was a nice packaged solution with software for this.

I know there are techniques for using a camera to detect gestures, but I'm hoping for something simpler and 99% accurate.

Need something small that can be effectively hidden (maybe some small holes or ir transmissive plastic covering it).

  • This is not a Raspberry Pi question. I suggest you move it to electronics.stackexchange.com – Ronny Nilsson Oct 11 '14 at 13:32
  • Capacitive solutions can work through (thin) but completely sealed enclosures - if they are non-conductive (polymers). I believe Atmel offers dedicated both dedicated controllers (QTouch) as well as generic microcontroller based solutions to do so (see atmel.com/Images/… ). And yes, the question might get better answers at electronics.SE – Ghanima Oct 11 '14 at 14:22
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Take a look at this, it can be enclosed : https://www.tindie.com/products/ootsidebox/3dpad-touchless-gesture-controller-arduino-shield/

  • If you are the creator you should disclose it. Good product by the way! :) – Piotr Kula Nov 20 '14 at 21:12

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