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GestureTek Mobile Is Overall Winner at the 2008 Mobile Innovation Global Awards at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Company wins prestigious award for popular gesture-controlled mobile gaming and navigation software


CellphoneBARCELONA, SPAIN – (February 13th, 2008) – GestureTek Inc., world leader in computer vision control technology and provider of state-of-the-art gesture-based interactive solutions for over twenty years, today announced that the company’s mobile business unit, GestureTek Mobile, has been selected as the Overall Winner at the GSMA’s Mobile Innovation Global Awards at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The Award was presented to GestureTek at the Global Mobile Awards gala evening at Barcelona’s National Palace, in recognition of the company’s innovative gesture-controlled mobile gaming and navigation software. 

GestureTek’s EyeMobile Engine® takes mobile gaming and navigation to new heights. This software-only solution uses the existing camera on a mobile device to deliver a gesture-based interface to mobile applications. An entertaining and intuitive alternative to conventional button interfaces, EyeMobile allows users to do anything they would normally do with their mobile device, such as play games, answer calls, make menu selections or scroll, pan and zoom in on photos, simply by shaking, rocking or rolling their device. With the EyeMobile Engine, handset manufacturers can offer all of the benefits of gesture recognition technology, without the expense and real estate of adding specialized hardware.  The EyeMobile Engine Application Programming Interface (API) also provides application developers with the means to integrate motion control into their applications, much as they do with current conventional controls, such as keys and buttons.

“We are thrilled to have won this award.   It demonstrates the growing popularity of gesture-control solutions for mobile gaming and navigation, and further reinforces the solid reputation that GestureTek Mobile has earned with developers, mobile device manufacturers and carriers.   Similar solutions are moving to laptops, consoles, PCs and set top boxes,” says Bill Leckonby, CEO of GestureTek.

Since GestureTek Mobile’s inception in 2006, the company’s achievements have been monumental:

  • Made EyeMobile available on more than 50 million mobile devices worldwide – including those operating on the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 platform and various handsets from carriers such as Verizon, Alltel and Cellular South, as well as the NTT DoCoMo 904i, 905i and 705i series.  
  • Delivered the technology used in more than 100 gesture-controlled games and applications launched by developers worldwide.
  • Introduced the world’s first application that allows gesture-controlled navigation of maps with GPS integration.
  • Won more than a half-dozen awards and accolades for mobile technology innovation, including LAPTOP Magazine’s ‘Best of CTIA’, the NATPE Mobile ++ Top 12 hot mobile applications, BREW Game Developer’s ‘Best Up and Coming Application’, International Mobile Gaming Awards and the IGN Editor’s Choice Award.
  • Featured its gesture-enabled games on Mobile Internet Devices based on Intel low power technologies at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
  • Announced a partnership and investment agreement with Spain’s leading telecommunications operator, Telefónica SA, to finance market growth and expansion and to further develop and commercialize new gesture-controlled gaming and navigation applications for the mobile marketplace, as well as for PCs, consoles and set-top boxes.
  • Licensed the company’s patents and technology to other industry giants, including Microsoft, Sony, Hasbro, NTT DoCoMo and many other game development companies.

GestureTek is exhibiting at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in the Canadian Pavilion, Booth 2.1C58 and at the Telefónica Booth, 8B178 and 8B185, as well as at booth IZ21 at the Innovation Zone in the Mobile Innovation Marketplace. In addition to NTT DoCoMo and Telefónica, GestureTek’s 3000+ clients include leading organizations such as Cingular/AT&T Wireless, Verizon, Samsung, Vodafone, CNN, BMW, Ford, Oracle, Intel, IBM, Federal Express and Panasonic. Get more information about GestureTek and its technologies at www.gesturetek.com.

The Mobile Innovation Global Awards was launched by the GSMA, the global association for mobile operators, to help companies developing innovative mobile products and services reach mobile operators and bring their innovations to end-users. The Awards also stimulate and showcase innovation and align innovators with the needs of the mobile industry and its customers.

About GestureTek Mobile
GestureTek Mobile is a 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 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 and Hasbro for the ION Educational Gaming System.  GestureTek Mobile’s award wins include the 2008 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.  GestureTek Mobile developed the first gesture-recognition software to be embedded in NTT DoCoMo phones in Japan and provided the software for the first gesture-controlled mapping application on a cellphone.  EyeMobile supports many handsets on the JAVA, BREW, SYMBIAN, WINDOWS MOBILE and DOJA 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, patent-holder and world-leader in computer vision control for presentation and entertainment systems.

 

For more information contact:

Patti Jordan
Director Marketing & Communications
GestureTek Inc.
(416) 340-9290 x 274
patti.jordan@gesturetek.com
Liz Nida
Account Executive
SSPR
(719) 634-8055
lnida@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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