Researchers have developed a virtual reality application where a range of 3D modeling tools can be opened and controlled using just the movement of a user's hand.

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used machine learning to develop 'HotGestures'—analogous to the hot keys used in many desktop applications.

HotGestures give users the ability to build figures and shapes in without ever having to interact with a menu, helping them stay focused on a task without breaking their train of thought.

The idea of being able to open and control tools in virtual reality has been a movie trope for decades, but the researchers say that this is the first time such a 'superhuman' ability has been made possible. The results are reported in the journal IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

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