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Wi-fi Gesture Controller ‘WiSee’ Built on Ubuntu, Pimped on the BBC


WiSee & Ubuntu Grace BBC News Front Page

It’s always interesting to see Ubuntu grace the pages of the  popular press – even when it’s not referenced directly.

An article on the BBC News website today, June 5th, is one such occurrence.

The piece concerns gesture-controlled tech able to read movements based on disruptions to Wi-Fi signals. The main post image of the piece is a screenshot of the tech being run on Ubuntu. That grab is also currently showing up on the BBC News front page, too.

“Joey!”, some of you may be thinking, “Surely the news is that the WiSee team are using Ubuntu, and not that it’s on the BBC website!”

That’s certainly true. It is great to see Ubuntu being used in the building of tomorrow’s technology. But hey – a guy needs an angle!


In the following video put together by the research team you can see Ubuntu in use several times. The application itself looks as though it’s written in Java.

Now before anyone gets too excited it’s worth pointing out that the tech the team used to “read” gestures via WiFi signals isn’t your standard discount Belkin router. In fact, the BBC report that the researcher’s kit costs ‘about 10 times the price of Microsoft’s Kinect.’

So don’t expect Ubuntu Wave to arrive anytime soon! 😉

For more information on the WiSee, the team behind it and its potential uses head over to the BBC News article or the University of Washington webpage.

Wisee BBC News Article

WiSee Post on Website

Mark Shuttleworth ‘Most Disruptive Name in Computing’ Says Forbes


Shuttleworth at work

Mark Shuttleworth has been named as one American magazine Forbes‘ ’12 Most Disruptive Names in business’

The list comprises of a dozen folk across industries as diverse as healthcare and credit who, the magazine say, are ‘dramatically shaking up their fields’.

And in the category of computing Forbes give that honour to Mark Shuttleworth.

Forbes’ Karsten Strauss cites Ubuntu’s business model of ‘the basic platform for free and charging for enterprise and cloud services’ as ‘shaking things up’.

But the main reason for his listing is undoubtedly the ground swell created by Mark, Canonical and the unveiling of Ubuntu Touch earlier this year. Its ‘one OS to rule them all’ approach, Strauss says, puts it in ‘direct competition with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android and with Microsoft.’.

For more on the Disruptors list of 2013 head over to the Forbes website:

Forbes: ‘The Disruptors 2013′