HoloHands: Games console interface for controlling holographic optical manipulation

C. McDonald*, M. McPherson, C. McDougall, D. McGloin

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The increasing number of applications for holographic manipulation techniques has sparked the development of more accessible control interfaces. Here, we describe a holographic optical tweezers experiment which is controlled by gestures that are detected by a Microsoft Kinect. We demonstrate that this technique can be used to calibrate the tweezers using the Stokes drag method and compare this to automated calibrations. We also show that multiple particle manipulation can be handled. This is a promising new line of research for gesture-based control which could find applications in a wide variety of experimental situations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035708
JournalJournal of Optics (United Kingdom)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • human-computer interface
  • kinect
  • optical tweezers


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