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Qualcomm taps ultrasound tech for precise gesture recognition

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ultrasound waves? digital positioning technology? gesture recognition?

Qualcomm has purchased ultrasound technologies for input solutions, including pen, stylus and gesture recognition, from EPOS Development for an undisclosed amount. The fabless giant intends to utilise the Israeli company's digital positioning technology, which is based on transmission of ultrasonic waves, for precise tracking to enable multiple mobile applications.

Qualcomm will provide digital pen/stylus reference designs to help accelerate adoption of this technology in the consumer, enterprise and education markets.

"As computing evolves beyond the PC, consumers are looking for intuitive new ways to interact with their mobile devices," said Raj Talluri, senior vice president for product management at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., the Qualcomm subsidiary responsible for the company's R&D activities.

Talluri said EPOS' technology goes beyond the PC-era mouse and keyboard to enable touch-free gesture and pen interactions as user input mechanisms. "Enabling this technology on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor will allow devices that accommodate a more mobile and multimedia-centric lifestyle," Talluri said.

EPOS employees who are joining Qualcomm will be integrated into Qualcomm Israel's R&D team and will be focused on delivering new mobile device and service capabilities, Qualcomm said. The firm did not say how many of EPOS' employees would be joining Qualcomm.

EPOS' ultrasound technology works on screen and off screen, as well as in three dimensions, Qualcomm said.

- Dylan McGrath
??EE Times

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