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Describes an adaptive and smart interface and shows its successful application for VCR remote control using hand gestures. The interface is capable of learning the user's operational habits and can offer self-help, aka wizard mode of operation; it can then monitor the user's gestures and maintain constant vigilance in an attempt to assist her through feedback using video display and/or loud-speaker. The availability of users' profiles is used in an adaptive fashion to enhance human-computer interactions and to make them intelligent, i.e., causal. The smart interface is suitable for handicapped users and it can be used for security purposes too.