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3D gesture control IC allows real-time tracking

Posted: 08 Sep 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3D sensing? 3D gesture control? gesture recognition?

IDENT Technology AG has obtained about $10 million (7.1 million Euros) from an investment round participated in by Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) and existing investors MIG Funds and Danube Equity. The money will go to the development and launch of IDENT's 3D gesture recognition IC.

"Our Z-Sense technology is all about making the user experience natural, intuitive, simple and fun", stated Roland Aubauer, CTO and speaker of the board of IDENT. "With our proximity technology in production, we have decided to take our game changing innovations further and develop our own GestIC chip for 3D gesture control."

The GestIC, designed as a highly integrated SoC, is aimed at the fast-growing 3D gesture control market. It addresses a broad range of CE devices such as tablets or mobile phones, mobile computers or game controllers. The company's patented and proprietary e-field based technology allows real-time tracking of free space hand or finger movements in front of a device or display. The same SoC enables UIs ranging from simple 1D touch detection over sophisticated 3D gesture recognition to dynamic positional data of the user's hand in free space. This information is translated into any type of pre-processed user input commands. Apart from the GestIC's true 3D sensing capabilities, the advantages lie in the achievable detection range, high resolution, robustness and very low power consumption, said the company.

"We are proud that we could engage RBVC for our goals and are looking forward to a business, financial and technical collaboration to bringing GestIC to the mass market in 2012. With our global customers we are currently working on the creation and near-term launch of a new generation of mobile devices that the industry has not yet seen," noted Christopher Kampshoff, CFO of IDENT.

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