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GestureTek’s Optical Tracker Powers New Gesture Control Phone

Sep 14 2009


Sunnyvale, CALIFORNIA, September 14, 2009 – GestureTek, world leader in gesture control interfaces for interactive displays and devices and the 2008 GSMA Mobile Innovation Global Award winner, announces that its patented EyeMobile optical tracking software will be used in Sony Ericsson’s new Yari mobile phone.

EyeMobile is available on over 100 million mobile devices, enabling motion-control game play on mobile phones. Many titles have already added advanced gesture recognition.

“EyeMobile is easy-to-implement, providing touch-free gesture control functionality without the cost of hardware-based touch screen systems” says Francis MacDougall, GestureTek’s Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer.

Requiring a small processor footprint, EyeMobile is easily added onto existing handsets and applications. An upgraded java-based mobile sensor API lets developers create motion control games/applications for camera-enabled handsets.

Using the mobile device’s camera, EyeMobile measures the movement of the phone, or the user, from one camera frame to the next, allowing for a ‘joystick’, ‘force of motion’, ‘menu selection’ or ‘point to control’ style of interaction. Users can do anything on their mobile device without touching buttons or the screen - menu selection, scrolling, panning, zooming, shuffling playlists and turning pages. Other applications that can be made gestural include web browsing, image view, map navigation and text messaging.'

Handsets embedded with EyeMobile include the DoCoMo 904i, 905i, 906i and 706i series, with models from Sharp, NEC, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Sony Ericsson, and the F305 handset. EyeMobile is also accessible for all post-2006 camera phones supporting the Brew, Symbian and Windows Mobile platforms.

“Mobile game/application developers, equipment manufacturers and carriers are all using EyeMobile. Similar solutions are moving to laptops, consoles, PCs and set top boxes,” says Ralph Linsalata, GestureTek CEO. “Clearly, gesture-based mobile user interfaces are becoming ubiquitous.”

See the gesture phone video at http://tinyurl.com/mxy4xs.

About GestureTek Mobile
GestureTek Mobile is the world leader in gesture-based user interface 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 cell phone or mobile Internet device to provide people with the ability to interact with their device 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. Licensees of GestureTek’s patents or technologies include Sony for the EyeToy, Microsoft for the Xbox 360, Hasbro for the ION Educational Gaming System 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. Learn more at gesturetekmobile.com or call 408-216-8087.

GestureTek
The patent-holder in gesture-control interface for interactive displays/devices. Our optical tracking software uses a mobile device’s camera to enable motion/gestural interaction. By shaking, rocking, rolling or pointing at the phone users answer calls, play games, scroll menus, navigate maps, view images/documents, browse the web and text message. Awards include the 2008 GSMA Mobile Innovation Global Award and the ‘Best of CTIA’ Award. Clients: Intel, Samsung, Cingular AT&T Wireless, Nokia, Telefonica and Panasonic. Licensees: Sony, Microsoft and NTT DoCoMo. Offices: California, Toronto, Ottawa, Asia. www.gesturetekmobile.com. 1-800-315-1189.

Contact
Patti Jordan, GestureTek, 416-340-9290 x 274 patti.jordan@gesturetek.com
Kristin Miller, SSPR, 719-634-8292 kmiller@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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