Motion-based gestures patent filed by Google
The hands-free concept has been done before. The Pantech Vega LTE, sold only in Korea, uses its front-facing camera to allow users to make a waving gesture to answer a call, flip an ebook page, browse pictures in the gallery or change a song. Check out the video below to see how the phone works. And while not important to its hands-free use, we should also point out that the Pantech Vega LTE offers a 4.5 inch LCD display with one of the highest pixel density counts we have seen at 335ppi.
With all of the patent battles going on, the first to get new technology protected is more important than ever. A promising technology that allows handset owners to control their device hands-free seems almost destined to be in use in a wide number of handsets in the not too distant future. The question then will be whether or not Google gets to collect the toll for use of the highway, or if manufacturers of non-Android handsets try to take a ride for free.
source: PatentBolt via DroidLife
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5278; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Motion control is a logical next step, so I would have been surprised if Google wasn't doing something in ths area. I am starting to hear a howling sound from the direction of Cupertino....
18. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)
doesn't microsoft do that with the xbox 360 Kinnect system? it is all gesture based
22. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
the above patent is specifically for smartphones.
but if you read the article you would already know that.
2. shy2papa (Posts: 195; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)
Nice this would be very good on a tablet :)
3. doubler86 (Posts: 309; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
OMG I would love the song skip gesture for driving. My phone is mounted while I'm driving and playing my Google Music, but i still have to look at my phone to tap next correctly. A gesture would be so much better.
16. Adianshadows (Posts: 66; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
using your voice is even better so that way you dont take your hand off the wheel...
4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Wise move from Google, hope it'll help them to stay out of lawsuits trouble.
5. hotspot (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)
its just copy of xbox 360 ..you knw guys..google copied evrythn from apple..
7. Jphones (Posts: 230; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Ha we obviously have a misinformed Apple lover here. An obviously It's similar to connect but a new way to use motion gestures for smaller devices such as tablets and phones while connect uses a wide area and mostly needs your whole body and is used for none of the things Google would be using it for. An Apple has nothin like this so Apple will copy Google sorry to burst your bubble
8. abdane (Posts: 471; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
what you just said is that apple made the xbox ! LOL idot...
6. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Good to hear Google is getting patents for its innovations,theyll be used as a pre defense from apple who themselves otherwise would try to patent it and use it as a weapon for sueing. Apple scours every possible aspect they can to patent for the sole purpose of banning or sueing those with better products than theirs
9. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
Congrats google for patenting this invention before junk apple can copy and add this to their genuine inventions kitty.
20. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
i think you forgot to read the part where it says pantech already created this… but alas it is always apple's fault
23. JonGarrett (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Aug 2011)
apple does the same thing. they didnt invent slide to unlock but they have a patent on it.
they didnt invent auto-complete but they wanna sue Android makers for using it.
they didnt invent tablets, smartphones or app stores and they've filed endless lawsuits over the use of these things.
24. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
actually they only have really filled a lawsuit against samsung because of a design patent… they havent gone suing asus or acer… i dont believe they have sued even motorola over design
and just for the record, i think apples design patents are fine.. but some like general slide to unlock are a bit much… just like google getting a patent on general gesture control would be too much.. it needs to be more specific and design based
10. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
That will be on the next Nexus device
19. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 819; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
yea just like siri.
First we talk to our phones, then we dance to them.... great.
13. pbui.818 (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
except only that, when you can use voice commands, this isn't necessary.
imagine a scenario similar to that which my might find in science fiction. once the crew of the USS Enterprise was able to use voice commands to talk to Majel and touch the control console, why didn't you see them waving their hands or gesturing with any part of there bodies to direct the ship's computer systems?
great that somebody has a legal defense against apple but the patent system is flawed in that it keeps the incumbent corporate superpowers in control. this too will be abused.
14. pbui.818 (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
... that which ONE might find ...
... any part of their ...
15. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
Well, it seems Apple has already filed for similar patent prior to Google, and no doubt some of the IP is already present in Kinect.
I doubt this patent will be approved.
17. Adianshadows (Posts: 66; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
If the phone is using the front cam always waiting for gestures that will kill a battery.....
21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5278; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Probably using a combination of proximity sensor to detect the initial motion that then turns on the camera(s) to process the motion(s).
25. warrenellis93 (Posts: 36; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)
good job google, patenting gesture control using the front facing camera.
an israeli company has a gesture control that uses the electrostatic field produced by the hand. hahahahahah google.........