Cybernet Systems Corporation has introduced the worlds first fully functional weather map management system that utilizes both body tracking and gesture recognition technology.

The GestureStorm™ management system is a software interface that enables the meteorologist to use hand gestures and body movements to control the computerized visual effects. Use of this system has allowed the meteorologists to reduce his or her preparation time significantly. Instead of scripting an on-air report where the timing of computerized maps is memorized, a weathercaster can now directly display the weather picture in real time as it is happening. This provides a substantial competitive edge in illustrating weather patterns or tracking severe late breaking storms.

In severe weather areas of the country, it's important to get weather information on air as quickly as possible. By using the GestureStorm™ the meteorologists can eliminate the time formerly required to memorize when and where weather and Doppler radar maps will appear on the monitor. With the GestureStorm™, the meteorologist can now control the pace of the visuals and even incorporate spontaneous close-ups with simple hand movements that seem natural to the viewing public.

For example, by using a circular hand motion around a city, a meteorologist can “tell” the computer to zoom in on a specific suburb for a more detailed look, or move to an entirely new map with a hand movement to the right. This provides for more spontaneity and reduces both errors and the time required to prepare severe weather information for broadcast.

“This technology can easily be incorporated into any number of computerized products,” noted Glenn Beach, director of technology for Cybernet Systems.

Cybernet's gesture recognition technology was originally developed for the Department of Defense to facilitate silent troop communication during combat maneuvers in simulated environments.