Motion-based gestures patent filed by Google

Motion-based gestures patent filed by Google
What's a six-letter word for 21st Century gold? How about P-A-T-E-N-T? And Mountain View based Google thinks that it has discovered more gold with its patent filing that seeks to protect the use of motion-based gestures to control a device hands-free. The front-facing camera on the device would act similar to the camera on the Xbox Kinect system which takes gestures and turns them into requests to perform certain tasks. Taps, swipes and hovering would be the signals to have the device carry out a pre-programmed task, allowing you to run your handset, for example, hands-free. Let's say you have set your device to go to the browser after a single tap on the front camera. After making that tap, the user could then use a gesture to search and control web pages.

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




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26 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

doesn't microsoft do that with the xbox 360 Kinnect system? it is all gesture based

22. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

the above patent is specifically for smartphones. but if you read the article you would already know that.

2. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Nice this would be very good on a tablet :)

3. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 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: Nov 22, 2011

using your voice is even better so that way you dont take your hand off the wheel...

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Wise move from Google, hope it'll help them to stay out of lawsuits trouble.

5. hotspot

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

its just copy of xbox 360 ..you knw guys..google copied evrythn from apple..

7. Jphones

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

what you just said is that apple made the xbox ! LOL idot...

6. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Congrats google for patenting this invention before junk apple can copy and add this to their genuine inventions kitty.

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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: 34; Member since: Aug 06, 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: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

That will be on the next Nexus device

11. weirdfisher

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

it already exists in Nokia N9

12. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

almost totally useless

19. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

yea just like siri. First we talk to our phones, then we dance to them.... great.

26. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lol thats funny! dance to unlock

13. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 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? redundant. 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: Feb 06, 2012

... that which ONE might find ... ... any part of their ...

15. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 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: Nov 22, 2011

If the phone is using the front cam always waiting for gestures that will kill a battery.....

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 544; Member since: Jul 21, 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.........

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