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Motion-based gestures patent filed by Google

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Motion-based gestures patent filed by Google
Flow chart for Google's hands-free system

Flow chart for Google's hands-free system

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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posted on 04 Mar 2012, 02:00 8

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; 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....

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 12:22 1

18. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

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

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 17:19 6

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.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 02:17 6

2. shy2papa (Posts: 335; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)

Nice this would be very good on a tablet :)

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 02:20 1

3. doubler86 (Posts: 320; 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.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 10:33 4

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...

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 02:56 5

4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 03:36 1

5. hotspot (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 03:51 10

7. Jphones (Posts: 235; 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

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 04:19 11

8. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 03:44 6

6. andro. (Posts: 1999; 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

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 05:50 6

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.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 13:02 1

20. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; 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

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 19:18 2

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.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 19:21

24. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; 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

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 08:03

10. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 219; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

That will be on the next Nexus device

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 08:13 4

11. weirdfisher (Posts: 51; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

it already exists in Nokia N9

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 09:08 3

12. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)

almost totally useless

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 12:54 4

19. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 09:57 2

26. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

lol thats funny! dance to unlock

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 09:11 2

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.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 09:13

14. pbui.818 (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

... that which ONE might find ...

... any part of their ...

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 09:57 1

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.

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 10:35 5

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.....

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 14:12 2

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; 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).

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 19:29 1

25. warrenellis93 (Posts: 235; 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.........

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