Getting Started

Before starting aeroTAP, please make sure that aeroTAP 3D USB Camera is connected to PC.

aeroTAP Touchless Interface is using Palm tracking method engine. In order to get best performance, please check and consider the following three key factors.


Version Information

You can use About.. screen from System Tray -> aeroTAP Icon -> Right Click menu. Dialog box to check your current version, aeroTAP 3D USB Camera's Serial number, and product ID.

Please provide these information when contacting our support team.

aeroTAP's version  6.0.4, SDK version  4.2.0(Build0125), aeroTAP 3D USB Camera FW version NEXTEDGE-A00-C22M-BL30U-005
Serial Number 421412408,  Product ID 110

How to check your license version

aeroTAP license is applied to aeroTAP 3D USB Camera. When starting aeroTAP it will check license version of connected aeroTAP 3D USB Camera. To check license version of your aeroTAP 3D USB Camera, you can check "Professional" logo at splash screen.


 


User Registration

Please join in as aeroTAP project member. User registration is needed to download aeroTAP SDK.

Also you can register your aeroTAP 3D USB camera using its serial number.

User Registration can be done here


Check Update

It is highly recommended to check whether update is available. You can check the update using Check Update menu option.

You also need to use this screen to switch your license type to Professional version.

Select Check Update from menu at system tray icon to check whether or not update is available via internet.

 

It will indicate if an Update is available.
Click Download the latest update button to open Website.
Important: You need internet connection.

How to setup aeroTAP Camera

aeroTAP 3D USB camera is designed to fit  several usage environment. The  following pictures show some basic examples.

 For Desktop or a large monitor, place the camera and cables like this.
 For notebook or a small monitor, place the camera like this.  


Removing aeroTAP Camera Base

You can remove camera base and use tripod instead.
1. Push the button on the bottom surface of camera head
2. Then slide the camera

Position For Operation

Each time you start aeroTAP, please check the following the position of operation which you will find on the welcome screen.

  1. Check the camera recognition of the operator and the camera angle
    Images from the camera will be processed, so you CAN NOT operate from a distance if the camera can not recognize operator. You CAN NOT operate in conditions where it is extremely dark or against lights (the sun).
    Please adjust the brightness and the angle before you start operating.
  2. Check the size of the operator recognized by the camera
    If you are too close to the camera, moving the palm of your hand may end up moving the cursor so intensely that makes it hard to control details. On the other hand, if you are too far from the camera, the palm of the hand will be too small to be recognized.
    Appropriate distance is that your shoulder and above can be seen in the operation area.
  3. Check the distance filter
    If you have the distance filter set, the distance from the camera will be limited. Please adjust the distance filter according to the operating position.
Hint: Distance filter and the zoom settings can be adjusted in the aeroCAM Preference screen.

Hint: If the distance is too close, feedback image will show a red color as a warning.

Distance Configuration

You can adjust the distance from the camera up to 2.5m (8ft)  to the palm of the hand. You can adjust the distance filter, environment, zoom options in the aeroCAM Preference tab.

The standard settings may be adjusted as shown below. The distance for operation will normally be subject to the size of the display. For example, the larger the display monitor is, the further the distance from camera .

Hint: For more detail information about Operation Position and Distance setting, please see "aeroTAP Technical Information - Appropriate operation distance and aeroTAP settings"

Configuring the maximum camera distance:
The settings as you can see below will be the maximum distance from the camera.


Head-up Mode

In Head-up mode, camera setup in the bottom to up.  Palm moving to up/down corresponds to cursor up and down. Please refer to [Head-up Mode] for more detail information.


Restricting touchless areas

Based on the monitor you use, you may need to limit the area for touchless operations. For example, for a portrait display shown below, you can limit the area for touchless operations to the upper part of the display and show advertisements on the bottom.
With aeroTAP, you can adjust the setting to such situations. For details, please see Touchless operation area in the Settings.

Professional version also allows you to specify restricting area by command line parameter.  Please refer to Command Line Parameter page.



Click Gesture

Depending on the content you operate, you can select a intuitive action (method) for clicks. With aeroTAP, you can configure the method for each application.
For details, see Recognition of Click actions section page.


Method    Instruction and Description
0: No Click Action
  In this mode, click action won't be performed. User can only move virtual cursor position.
1: Stop to Click
  In this mode, click action will be performed when user stops the virtual cursor.
2: Smart Click
  Step 1: Stop virtual cursor on a clickable area. When the center element of the virtual cursor moves to the center, 'Click' action will be performed.

Cursor color will changed from gray to RED when the cursor is on a button or a link area. In other areas, click action won't be performed.
 
3: Grab to Click  

In Grab to Click method, you have to close your palm from opened, then click action will be performed.

Step 1: Stop virtual cursor on any area. When the center mark of the virtual cursor moves to the center, cursor will be locked.
 
Step 2: Close your palm quickly and open again, and the 'Click' action will be performed.  NOTE: 'Click' action will be performed just when a closed palm is detected, but opening palm will keep your palm position for next movment.

Hint: Make sure the virtual cursor is stopped on target position, and then close your palm quickly.
4: Drag and Drop
  In Drag and Drop method, if you close palm then open again quickly, 'Click' action will be performed. It looks like as 'Mouse Click'.

Step 1: Stop virtual cursor on any area. Make sure the center mark of virtual cursor moves to the center, and the cursor is locked.

Step 2: Close your palm quickly, then it turns into Drag mode. Virtual cursor style will changed.

    
Virtual cursor during 'Drag and Drop'
 

Step 3 Move virtual cursor with your palm kept closed, then open your palm again to drop. 

Hint: Make sure virtual cursor is stopped on target position, and then close your palm quickly.
5: Push to Click
  In Push to Click method, push your palm towards the camera about 3-5inches, then 'Click' action will be performed.

Step 1: Stop virtual cursor on any area. When the center mark of the virtual cursor moves to the center, cursor will be locked.


Step 2: Push your palm towards the camera.

Hint: Make sure virtual cursor is stopped on target position, and then close your palm quickly.

Virtual Cursor Styles


Virtual Cursor   Description
  Typical condition
  Clickable

When cursor is on a button or a link. User can perform Click action. If Smart Click is selected, Click action will be performed only when cursor is on a clickable position and the hand doesn't move.
If click mode is set to Grab hand to Click or Stop to Click mode, virtual cursor will display this style when virtual cursor is on a clickable position or when click action is ready (Cursor is stopped).
  Dragging or Two hands mode operation

Virtual cursor changes to this style when Dragging is in process with Drag and Drop mode active.
Two hands mode also uses this style.

Virtual Cursor Moving Styles



Center element of the virtual cursor indicates whether the hand is moving or not. If you want to click a small button with better accuracy, operate Click action after making sure the center element indicates the 'Stop' if the hand.


Feedback Image


Feedback image will also change according to the conditions.  For example, cursor color in feedback image indicates current "Click Mode" and "SideIn Gesture" status.
You can change to show/hide and feedback image in Preference Dialog.



Feedback image will change according to the following conditions:

Feedback   Description

GRAY
  When None, Stop to Click or Smart Click is active, the color of the cursor in feedback image will be GRAY.

RED
  When a mode other than Drag and Drop is active, the color of the cursor in feedback image will be RED.

GREEN
  When Drag and Drop mode is active, the color of the cursor in feedback image will be GREEN.

Showing RED color
  Hand is too close (within 2 feet)

The left image is a feedback image of Drag and Drop mode and is indicating that the "Hand is too Close".


Navigation for Side In Gesture
  If Side In Gesture is enabled and palm is located to Side In Gesture detection area (middle-top, bottom-left or bottom-right of the operation area), navigation image for Side In Gesture will appear in the feedback image.

By moving the virtual cursor out of the operation area and then moving back in, Side In Gesture will be detected.
For details, see Side In Gesture section page.