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Qualcomm acquires GestureTek to prevent smudging our touchscreens with chicken finger grease

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Qualcomm acquires GestureTek to prevent smudging our touchscreens with chicken finger grease
With the acquisition of GestureTek, Qualcomm gets access to 25 years of intellectual property in the gesture recognition area, and plethora of engineering resources.

The mobile chipset maker says it will introduce the gesture recognition technology in the next generation of its system-on-a-chip Snapdragon family. We've seen some gesture-based navigation demoed by XTR and rival Texas Instruments way back last year, but things should have advanced even more by now.

We are curious what will Qualcomm come up with here. In the case of a cell phone or tablet, the front-facing camera should be the standard gesture-recognition tool involved. The next Snapdragons based on the ARM Cortex-A15 "Eagle" architecture will certainly be powerful enough to read any hand or finger movement you throw at them, so we can finally stop smudging our precious touchscreens with finger grease and ketchup.

Have a look at the XTR gesture navigation demoed on TI's OMAP4 mobile development platform in the video below, for a hint at what's to come with Qualcomm's next Snapdragons. GestureTek has fitted its technology for mobiles running Android and Symbian, but knowing that Qualcomm should be powering the Nokia Windows Phone handsets, we might see gesture-based navigation implemented there as well.

source: Qualcomm


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posted on 25 Jul 2011, 09:19 1

1. Pol (unregistered)


The future will be more like Minority Report day after day...

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 09:54 1

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3748; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol I know what you mean. This will be a very cool thing to do. If Qualcomm can make this work just like Minority Report then that would be excellent. The dude on the video was flapping his hands just to move from pic to pic. If one big motion can move multiple pics that would be easier that the constant flapping the poor dude had to do to get to the pic he wanted. lol There is strong potential there though.

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 11:47 1

3. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


usually im not one for gimmicky things but thats cool as s**t

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 11:50 1

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3748; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hell yeah. I would always use that tech so I can have less finger prints on my phone. Imagine a phone with no finger prints what so ever! lol

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 16:01 1

5. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


lol true it will look like new everytime, can you imagine if it had fingerprint recognition so no one else can mess with your phone. its a stretch of my imagination but anything is possible with the way technology is going.

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 14:43 1

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3748; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


rican that is a damn good idea. Dude you better patent that before Apple steals your idea & the takes you to court! lol

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 16:50 1

6. DroidGod (Posts: 48; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


Very interesting... there is no telling what the future has in store for us.

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 16:52 1

7. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


:D awesome!!! xbox kinect games on WP7 or 8 phones.

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 23:11

8. OpTiKaWn (unregistered)


There is already fingerprint recognition on devices, i actuly think the moto atrix for AT&T has it.... if not that i know there is at least one phone out that has it for sure..

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