Qualcomm gains control of gesture recognition patents

July 25th, 2011 - 11:20 am ET by C. D.

Qualcomm has added additional functions to SnapDragon in announcing the acquisition of some of GestureTek’s intellectual property rights, with the company specialising in gest recognition.

Qualcomm logoWith the increasing power of Smartphone application processors and the evolution of user interfaces, gest and facial recognition has become an element being integrated into chipset manufacturer’s platforms.

Texas Instruments first spoke about this subject in 2009 with their OMAP4 platform which integrated gest recognition possibilities to better serve these new kinds of interfaces. The example which regularly comes up is the turning of digital books pages by simply sliding your finger in front of the telephones camera lens, without touching the screen.

The new OMAP5 family has continued developing this, with TI having introduced the notion of Me-D experiences to describe these new interactions (with 3D or interactive projection). But gest recognition isn’t just being looked at by the Texans, as other chipset manufacturers are looking at integrating such services into the platforms.

Qualcomm acquires GestureTek’s patents
GestureTek logoIt is now Qualcomm, the Californian competitor to TI, who has announced the acquisition of some of GestureTek’s patents, with this company specialising in, among other things, gesture recognition to control a user’s interaction with the machine or an advertising screen.

This acquisition will allow the company to get their hands on precious intellectual property (which will increase in value as each patent violation law suit progresses), with a technology that will be on board their current and future generations of Snapdragon application processors.

GestureTek will maintain control of their gest activity for professional applications like public and digital advertising. Qualcomm will push this function to Smartphone manufacturers to try and make non-tactile screens more accessible by allowing certain movements to control the device (what are called natural interfaces).

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