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GestureTek Unveils Optical Tracker Successes at 2009 Mobile World Congress

Feb 09 2009


2008 GSMA Mobile Innovation Global Award Winner announces Sony Ericsson deal and new gesture control games

Barcelona, SPAIN, Feb 9, 2009 – GestureTek Mobile, world leader in gesture control interfaces for mobile devices, will ‘wow’ visitors in Booth 2.1C58 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona from February 16th to 19th in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to exhibiting its technology, GestureTek Mobile will share its progress and innovations since winning the GSMA Mobile Innovation Global Award in 2008.

Key pre-show announcements being made by GestureTek Mobile include:

  • The availability of GestureTek’s EyeMobile® optical tracking software on Sony Ericsson’s new F305 motion-sensing mobile phone. The software lets F305 users play motion control games using advanced gesture recognition technology.  Gamers can tilt, shake, rock or roll their phone, rather than pressing buttons.
  • A software upgrade to a java-based mobile sensor API, enabling developers to create motion control games both for handsets with hardware-based motion sensing and for handsets without a built-in accelerometer.
  • Enhanced availability of gesture control games enabled with EyeMobile software, including four games for Windows Mobile by TiltnTwist and two games for Sony Ericsson F305 by Digital Chocolate.

GestureTek Mobile’s EyeMobile engine uses the existing camera on a mobile device to measure the movement of the phone, or the movement of the user, from one camera frame to the next.  This allows for a ‘joystick’, ‘force of motion’, ‘menu selection’ or ‘point to control’ style of interaction. With EyeMobile, people can do anything they would normally do on their mobile device without touching buttons or the screen, including menu selection, scrolling, panning, zooming, shuffling mp3 playlists and turning document pages.  EyeMobile can also provide a gesture-based user interface for mobile applications such as web browsing, image view, map navigation and text messaging.

“Because EyeMobile is software-based, it can be easily added onto any existing camera-enabled handset and integrated into existing applications,” says Francis MacDougall, GestureTek’s Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer. “EyeMobile requires a small memory and processor footprint, can be delivered over the air to existing handsets and is extremely cost-competitive compared to the higher-cost implementation of touchscreen systems.”

According to MacDougall, EyeMobile optical tracking software is ideally suited to the majority of the world’s mobile phones: those without built-in accelerometers. The software can also be easily and rapidly integrated into hardware-based touchscreen systems (such as the iPhone, for example) so that users can access all their applications without ever putting a fingerprint on their screen.

Handsets currently embedded with EyeMobile optical tracking include the DoCoMo 904i, 905i, 906i and 706i series, with models from Sharp, NEC, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Sony Ericsson. Other handsets with access to optical tracking include all post-2006 camera phones supporting the Brew, Symbian and Windows Mobile platforms.

“GestureTek Mobile’s motion-controlled user interface and applications are growing in popularity with mobile game and application developers, equipment manufacturers and carriers. Similar solutions are moving to laptops, consoles, PCs and set top boxes. Without a doubt, we have reached a turning point in the move to ubiquitous gesture-based user interfaces for mobile devices,” said Bill Leckonby, CEO of GestureTek Inc.

About GestureTek Mobile
GestureTek Mobile is the world leader in gesture-based user interfaces for mobile devices and the inventor of the patented, award-winning EyeMobile Engine. EyeMobile Engine is the world’s first software-only solution that uses the existing camera on a mobile device to provide people with the ability to interact with their handset using motion or gestures. By shaking, rocking or rolling the phone (or making hand motions in front of the phone) users can answer a call, play mobile games, scroll menus, navigate maps, view images and documents, browse the web, enter text messages and do anything else they would normally do on their mobile device, without pressing buttons. Selected licensees of GestureTek’s patents or technologies include Sony for the EyeToy, Microsoft for the Xbox 360 and NTT DoCoMo for mobile handsets. GestureTek Mobile’s award wins include the 2008 GSMA Mobile Innovation Global Award, the LAPTOP Magazine ‘Best of CTIA’ Award and the NATPE++ Award for the Hottest Mobile Application. Games powered by the EyeMobile Engine have been recognized by the BREW Game Developer Awards, the International Mobile Gaming Awards and the IGN Editors Choice Awards. EyeMobile supports many handsets on the JAVA, BREW, SYMBIAN and WINDOWS MOBILE platforms. Applications are available for over the air download on the Verizon network. Full developer tools are available on the Qualcomm website. A catalogue of turnkey games and applications for multiple platforms are available from the GestureTek mobile site. GestureTek Mobile is a business unit of GestureTek Inc., pioneer, multiple patent-holder and world-leader in computer vision control for presentation and entertainment systems. GestureTek’s clients include leading organizations such as CNN, NASA, Oracle, Intel, IBM, Samsung, Nokia, Telefonica and Panasonic. GestureTek is headquartered in Silicon Valley, with additional offices in Toronto, Ottawa and Asia. Learn more at gesturetekmobile.com or call 613-482-9053.

For more information contact:
Patti Jordan, Director Marketing & Communications
GestureTek Inc. 416-340-9290 x 274
patti.jordan@gesturetek.com

Jo Moore Marini, Account Director
SSPR, 719-578-9044
jmarini@sspr.com



GestureTek technologies have international patent protection. U.S patents include 5,534,917 (Video image based control system), 7,058,204 (Multiple camera control system), 7,227,526 (3D-vision image control system), 7,379,563 (Bi-manual movement tracker) and 7,379,566 (Optical flow-based tilt sensor). EyeMobile® is protected under patent TMA 700,194 with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for "mobile device application software featuring gesture recognition technology."

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