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Samsung's GearVR packs gesture recognition capability

Posted: 06 Jan 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:gestigon? GearVR? Samsung? pmdtechnologies? sensor?

gestigon and pmdtechnologies have joined forces to integrate Samsung's GearVR with pmd's CamBoard pico flexx depth sensor and gestigon's Carnival AR/VR interaction suite to demonstrate how existing VR devices can be improved with touchless interaction.

Current ways to interact with Gear VR applications are extremely limited, involving turns and nods of the head to indicate menu choices. gestigon's Carnival SDK enables a more natural interaction by visualising the user's hands within the application and using gesture recognition to choose from multiple choice menus or interact with virtual objects. The Carnival SDK requires depth information generated by pmd's pico flexx sensor, which is mounted in the front of the GearVR headset and connected to the smartphone's USB port.

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gestigon teamed up with pmdtechnologies to bring pmd's CamBoard pico flexx depth sensor and gestigon's Carnival AR/VR interaction suite to Samsung's GearVR for touchless interaction.

The pmd CamBoard pico flexx's reduced form factor and low power consumption demonstrate that it is now feasible to integrate depth sensors into mobile devices. In addition to high-frame rate depth measuring for close-range touchless interaction, the sensors also enable long-range environmental scanning and awareness. pmd is working with OEMs to integrate its depth sensors into a number of next-generation consumer devices ranging from smartphones to tablets, headsets and IoT-ready appliances.

The Samsung Gear VR headset augmented with gestigon and pmdtechnologies will be demonstrated for the first time at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, by invitation only.

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