Hello, and welcome, this fast tutorial is about the PAJ7620 Hand gestures sensor, it permits your hand gestures to be detected by the Arduino board, and then you can use it to control lights, robots (cool stuff), HMI, games… using IR LED and optical CMOS array, it can detect up to 15 gestures.
This one costs around 2-3$ only but is not efficient (as you can see in the video) as the Thermal Imaging Arrays who can much detect complexe gestures they costs around 30-40$.
The gestures that can be detected are: Right, Left, Up, Down, Forward, Backward, Clockwise, Anti clockwise and waving. Those are the basic 9 then you can add Right-Left, Left-Right, Up-Down, Down-up, Forward-Backward, Backward-Forward (Check the video to know the differences).
There are two ways of detecting:
- Near, which is on 5-15 cm distance with 60° angle
- Far, on 15-30 cm distance with 30° angle
For this project I’m gonna interface it with Arduino Uno board, and I’ll use a LCD i²c screen to show the gesture detected, using this method you can adapt it to whatever project you’re working on.
- PAJ7620 Library: Download it here
- LCD i²c New Liquid Library: Download it here, This library I’ve been using for years, maybe you can find an alternative or new one.
The first codes I’ve used are examples from the library.
The second code using the LCD i²c screen you can Download it here.
The tests are straight forward, just plug and start moving your hands.
Overall the module performances are not bad for 2$, sometimes it can be tricky when detecting the Forward gesture, you can check the code to actually find that it can be confused with other gestures, you can always modify the detection speed for all and for the forward&backward alone:
Also make sure the module is on a flat surface, otherwise the clockwise anti-clockwise gestures won’t be detected, and make sure you have enough space for you hand to move.
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