Advanced projector technology is bringing the advent of gesture-based computing much closer to reality, California-based developers have revealed.

Oblong Industries, which operates out of Los Angeles, has recently been trialling its G-Speak gestural computing interface, which allows users to completely control their computers through hand gestures.

The set-up sees 16 infra-red motion detectors track the movements of a pair of black gloves worn by the operator, with tiny reflective balls attached to the back of them. These detectors then feed the movements through to four projectors which beams the images on to four larges screens.

Leading developer, John Underkoffler, said they were working to make the technology as practical as possible to enable mass use.

"The goal is to get rid of the gloves entirely, and we're not far from that," he revealed.

He emphasised, however, that the technology was being developed with serious purposes in mind, and not just to enhance the playing experience for super-gamers.

During a recent test of the equipment, New Scientist reporter, MacGregor Campbell, said the potential for the technology was perfectly clear. "The interface allows you to sort vast amounts of on-screen information with far greater ease than you could with a mouse," he reported.