SUNNYVALE, CA, Dec. 5 /CNW/ -- GestureTek Inc. -- world leader and
patent-holder in computer vision and gesture-recognition technology for
presentation, information and entertainment systems -- today announced a
strategic investment in the company by Telefonica S.A., Spain's leading
telecommunications operator. The agreement finalizes a minority investment in
GestureTek to finance business expansion and market growth.
A technology partnership will allow for further development and
commercialization of new gesture-controlled gaming and navigation
applications. The two companies will jointly penetrate new markets for this
trailblazing technology, both in the mobile sector and on other strategic
The announcement comes just months after the successful launch in Japan
of GestureTek's 'EyeMobile Engine' on the DoCoMo FOMA(TM) 904i and 905i series
handsets, and DoCoMo Capital's concurrent investment in GestureTek. DoCoMo is
Japan's largest wireless operator and is heralded as an early adopter of new
GestureTek is the inventor of EyeMobile(TM), the world's first
gesture-controlled user-interface for mobile devices. This software-only
solution provides camera phone users with the ability to play games, scroll
menu items, navigate way-finding maps and browse web pages simply by tilting
or moving their mobile phones.
The EyeMobile software uses a mobile phone's existing camera to
intelligently recognize and respond to hand and body movement -- providing a
simpler, more intuitive and more entertaining interface than with conventional
keys or with hardware-based solutions.
Over 50 million mobile handsets currently have GestureTek's technology
available to them. Enabled devices include those on the Microsoft Windows
Mobile 6 platform, NTT DoCoMo 904i and 905i series handsets, and more than 30
models from North American carriers operating on the BREW platform, such as
Verizon, Alltel and Cellular South.
Video gesture control technology, patented by GestureTek, has been
licensed by Microsoft, Sony, Hasbro and various mobile game developers for
their gaming products. Games powered by the EyeMobile Engine have also been
showcased in pre-eminent awards programs. The technology was recognized at
the BREW 2006 Game Developer Awards as the "Best Up and Coming Application",
at the 2006 International Mobile Gaming Awards, and was the IGN Editors Choice
Award for Best Mobile Game, Best Puzzle Game and Most Innovative Design. Most
recently, GestureTek's EyeMobile Engine was selected as Best Mobile
Entertainment Application at LAPTOP Magazine's 2007 'Best of CTIA Wireless
I.T. & Entertainment Awards'.
Users of handsets enabled with GestureTek Mobile's Eyemobile Engine can
now download over 60 gesture-controlled mobile games and other applications.
These deliver the capability to scroll menu items, navigate maps with GPS
integration, browse photos and scroll web pages on a full browser window --
simply by shaking, rocking or rolling their phone.
"GestureTek's ongoing innovations in gesture-controlled games and
applications, three-dimensional camera software and immersive technologies,
along with growing support from mobile industry leaders such as Telefonica and
DoCoMo, will revolutionize gaming as we know it, and bring the benefits of
this state-of-the-art technology to many other exciting environments. Clearly,
we're on the cusp of a paradigm shift in the mobile world, from button-presses
to natural human interfaces," said Bill Leckonby, Chief Executive Officer,
GestureTek technology works on any device or surface. Whether a mobile
phone, game console, PC or set-top box, if the device has a built-in camera,
GestureTek's software can deliver groundbreaking "Wii-like" gesture-control.
The company's innovative immersive technology even lets users transport
themselves into a 3-D virtual world and interact with characters and objects,
in real time and with no special gear or equipment.
"We are excited about our collaboration with GestureTek in growing this
new and exciting technology. As the leader in the field of
gesture-recognition, GestureTek was our choice as a partner in bringing this
technology to the mainstream for both mobile services and in the home," said
Russ Shaw, Director of Innovation at Telefonica S.A.
About GestureTek Inc.
GestureTek is the pioneer, patent-holder and world leader in computer
vision and gesture-recognition technologies for information, presentation and
entertainment systems. The company's revolutionary video gesture control
software lets users control interactive content, access information,
manipulate special effects or immerse themselves in an interactive 3D virtual
world -- simply by moving their hands or body in free space. In the past 20
years, GestureTek has delivered nearly 4000 interactive displays, kiosks,
exhibits, games and other interactive solutions for museums, science centers,
location-based entertainment facilities, retail stores, real estate
presentation centers, corporate boardrooms and showrooms, television networks
and game developers. The technology is also used by healthcare organizations
specializing in rehabilitation, sensory stimulation, activation and
recreation. GestureTek Mobile is the business unit of GestureTek that is
focused on bringing gesture-controlled games and applications to the mobile
market. GestureTek's clients include CNN, NASA, BMW, Ford, Oracle, Intel, IBM,
Federal Express, Autodesk, Panasonic and more. Software licensees include
Microsoft, Sony and Hasbro. GestureTek is headquartered in Silicon Valley,
with additional offices in Toronto, Ottawa, New York City and Asia. GestureTek
was formerly known as JesterTek. For more information visit
http://www.gesturetek.com or call (800) 315-1189.
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