Thursday, February 05, 2009

Canesta Targets Gesture Recognition Market

EETimes: At CES last month, Hitachi Consumer Electronics Laboratory demonstrated a gesture-controlled TV based on Canesta's new consumer 3-D sensor. Canesta adapted its 3-D CMOS image technology from automotive applications to a new consumer version. Now, consumer electronics makers are using Canesta's reference design kit to build gesture-recognition capabilities into TVs, DVD players, digital video recorders and set-top boxes.

Canesta hopes to ride a wave of gesture standardization by partnering with software companies that offer manufacturers turnkey gesture routines for their devices. Canesta has so far joined with GestureTek Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Softkinetic S.A. (Brussels, Belgium) and Edge 3 Technologies (Prescott, Ariz.).

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