Qualcomm, a smartphone chip manufacturer, has acquired certain assets from GestureTek, a developer of gesture recognition technology. With this new acquisition, Qualcomm will gain access to gesture recognition technology that it can use to power future devices in order to give them better control on human gestures.
Gesture recognition till now has been used by different device manufacturers but with the help of certain softwares only. LG’s latest Optimus Black smartphone also features such an add-on software that is installed on to the device in order to recognise gestures and control device accordingly.
Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president and group president, Qualcomm, said “Our acquisition of key technology and assets from GestureTek will strengthen Qualcomm’s smartphone product portfolio and enable device manufacturers to launch products with new and compelling user experience.”
With the new acquisition, gesture recognition technology can now be integrated into Qualcomm’s current and next-generation Snapdragon processors, giving OEMs the capability to produce smartphones, tablets and other devices with user interfaces based on natural human gestures.
With integrated in chip support for gesture based input recognition technology, devices will get a new way of control altogether for the users, giving them a much realistic experience.
Qualcomm has been adding newer technologies to their mobile chips and it has turned out to be a major liking factor for usage of the Snapdragon chipset for different devices. Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced the integrated support for augmented reality with its processors and now the gesture recognition. What more does this chip manufacturer has on his mind only time will tell. But as of now the wait is on for the next line of Snapdragon processors that will come with integrated gesture recognition support, expected to start by the end of this year.