Qualcomm has shown it is moving into the gesture recognition field with the recent purchase of some of GestureTek's assets.
Specifically, Qualcomm will own certain intellectual property assets only related to gesture recognition, as well as a few other "key engineering resources." VentureBeat reports that some of those resources are engineers from the GestureTek team.
The motive for Qualcomm is to integrated gesture recognition technology into its current and next-generation Snapdragon processors. This, in turn, will enable OEMs to design both mobile products (i.e.smartphones and tablets) as well as home entertainment devices with user interfaces and applications that can recognize and act upon natural human gestures. (Think Kinect.)
GestureTek, already known for developing gesture recognition features, will be retaining other assets related to its gesture-controlled public display and digital signage business. Aside from mobile and home entertainment gadgets, GestureTek has also been working on implementing its technology for healthcare systems, retail locations, and public and private venues.
Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
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