Dream of using your computer like you do with your Xbox + Kinect? So, don't wait to try NPointer, a free software that allows you to hand control your PC via a webcam.
Installation of NPointer
Once the file has been downloaded, extract files from the ZIP archive in a folder of your choice. The application is called “portable”, i.e. it does not require installation. To launch it, simply double-click the file NPointer.exe.
Start by selecting the camera from the drop-down list (here: Integrated Webcam — Integrated Webcam).
Note that it is recommended to direct the webcam to the table in the direction of your hand. Indeed, if the latter is directed to you, 2 troubles will quickly appear: the movement of your head will cause the mouse pointer to move, finally, raise the arm for several minutes is very tiring.
In the right side, you can adjust the capture tool:
- Motion speed : speed of movement of the pointer relative to the movement of your hand;
- Acceleration : acceleration (as for a conventional mouse);
- Timeout menu : the time needed to wait to make a click with your hand
- Movement cut-off : speed of movement of the pointer.
To perform an action like a mouse click, immobilise your hand, to show up a context menu (see screenshot) and opt for the option of your choice by moving over it (violet cross):
- L : left-click;
- R : right click;
- 2x : double click;
- Scroll : knob;
- Off : disables motion capture;
- LD : click maintained.
To try for free NPointer, click on this link below.
A completely experimental and fun application but not (yet?) practical and suitable for normal use. To be tested!