A year ago, we thought controlling a computer by prodding a meat stylus at its touchscreen was the height of next-gen sophistication. Acer may just have reset our expectations, however, with the Aspire Z5763 -- an all-in-one computer you control by flailing your arms about.
This ridiculously named device has a 2-megapixel webcam that, according to Engadget, can monitor users' movements using a gesture-recognition system Acer has dubbed ZQ3318P10. Just kidding, it's seen sense and called it something people will actually remember -- Acer AirControl.
AirControl can detect the movements of your hand or fingers and can translate those into commands. "Just wave your hand in front of the desktop and the media control interface is launched," says Acer. You can then move your hand over various icons to adjust volume, rewind, fast forward, play, pause or stop media.
Acer says the system can recognise gestures from up to 3 metres away, so it could make a good replacement for the old-fashioned remote control.
Those of you who aren't convinced by the Minority Report-style parlour tricks can take solace in the fact the Aspire Z5763 features a 23-inch, Full HD 1080p display that churns out stereoscopic 3D. It's not 'proper' 3D like you get in expensive tellies and the cinema, but when playing games it can make it look as if things are flying out of the screen towards your face, which is nice.
Beneath its sleek exterior, the Aspire Z5763 is packing some solid hardware. It'll be powered by an Intel Sandy Bridge CPU of some description and enjoy Nvidia GeForce GT 440 or 435M graphics, a Blu-ray drive, 16GB of DDR3 memory and up to 2TB of storage.
If you want one, it's yours for £1,000 from the middle of May. You may want to copy and paste the model number or else end up with an Acer sandwich maker or desk vacuum.