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eyeSight´s gesture recognition technology showcased at Mobile World Congress

Sick of losing the TV remote? Wish you could just lie down and watch YouTube videos on your tablet all day without lifting a finger?

Well, we may not have got to the holy grail of not lifting a single finger yet, but for the couch potato - which we can all be from time-to-time - eyeSight's gesture recognition technology is like a dream come true.

New to Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year eyeSight's fingertip-tracking technology allows you to control devices with just one finger.

The Israeli company's innovative software uses the in-built camera on a phone, tablet, PC or television, to track your hand movements and lets you control what is on the screen.

The technology allows you to move a mouse-like pointer around the screen, pointing, clicking, turning pages, or even dragging items across the screen, which means the user can recline and watch their favourite YouTube clips for hours on end without having to move more than a finger - if they so desire.

It is also incredibly useful for a multitude of other daily tasks. Liat Rostock, of eyeSight, explained that it can be used with car info-tainment systems, providing the ultimate hands-free kit and potentially making the roads safer.

"We use the camera basically to attract the hand and control the system," Ms Rostock said. 

"We have hand-tracking capabilities, directional gestures and fingertip tracking. It's very easy to control, very simple, just using the tip of your finger," Liat said. 

This is the world's first commercial gesture-tracking technology that lets people control their digital devices with a single fingertip.

eyeSight only formed in 2005 and spent the first few years solely on research. The small company still employs only 35 members of staff and was displaying at a desk at MWC, compared to the vast areas taken up by the big names. But with tech this revolutionary and offices around the world, focusing on the Far East, they are sure to grow.

The technology has already been built into Lenovo's new range of Ideapad Ultrabooks, the company announced last month. 

The convertible tablets have a 360-degree hinge that allows users to effortlessly flip their device from a laptop to a tablet, a free-standing 'tent' or even 'stand' configuration for total versatility - perfect for eyeSight's groundbreaking technology.