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GestureTek’s Mobile Gesture Recognition Technology Embedded in DoCoMo Phones

Apr 25 2007


Users Navigate Menus, Maps, Games & More by Tilting Handset 

Sunnyvale, California, April 25, 2007 – GestureTek Mobile, a division of GestureTek, Inc., announced today that its EyeMobile® gesture recognition technology for mobile phones has been embedded in two new DoCoMo FOMATM 904i series handsets being released in Japan this month.  The announcement marks the first OEM handset agreement for GestureTek’s patented technology, and it paves the way for a fundamental shift in user/mobile interaction by allowing users to navigate menus, maps, photos, games and other applications simply by tilting the cellphone in various directions,

The new DoCoMo phones will launch with several dozen EyeMobile®-enabled applications, including games such as Crash Bandicoot and Katamari Damashii that will bring motion-controlled gameplay to the cellular phone. Other near-term applications will include a map browser that enables rapid, button-free map navigation  Future possibilities include motion-controlled menu scrolling, picture browsing, and digital camera image zoom-and-pan as well as gesture-based Web page navigation that will vastly simplify use of the mobile Internet. 

 “DoCoMo not only has the top mobile market share in Japan and 52 million customers around the world, but a reputation as an innovator in cellphone design.  Where they go, the market follows,” noted William Leckonby, CEO of GestureTek Inc.  “This agreement will therefore put millions of EyeMobile®-enabled handsets on the street, as well as set the stage for broad adoption by mobile operators and handset manufacturers worldwide.”

That adoption is expected to be driven in part by the competitive advantages of GestureTek’s EyeMobile® technology platform.  In addition to providing next-generation mobile input capability with value for consumer and corporate users alike, EyeMobile® eliminates the expense and real estate of adding specialized hardware to deploy gesture recognition.  Instead, EyeMobile® software utilizes the camera already installed in the handset to sense movement by comparing one frame in the camera viewfinder to the next. 

The EyeMobile® Engine includes three trackers, dubbed Shake, Rock, and Roll, that represent different types of motion for different types of input. Shake can be used for actions such as rolling dice and shuffling MP3 decks. Rock interprets right, left, up and down gestures to generate traditional cursor-style user input commands.  Roll offers joystick control by responding to tilting motions to navigate games, maps or Web pages.

GestureTek’s EyeMobile® technology is an extension of the company’s core Video Gesture Control platform, which has been licensed and employed in applications ranging from retail display and digital signage to the Microsoft Xbox 360, the Sony PlayStation 2 EyeToy and downloadable mobile games.p>
Katamari, a DoCoMo game Katamari - a DoCoMo game
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About GestureTek Inc.
GestureTek is the pioneer, patent-holder and world leader in gesture-recognition technologies and computer vision 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 the past 20 years, GestureTek has delivered approximately 4,000 interactive displays, kiosks, exhibits, games and other interactive solutions for museums, science centers, location-based entertainment facilities, retail stores, tourism and hospitality venues, real estate presentation centers, corporate boardrooms and showrooms, television networks and game developers.  The technology is also used by advertisers and marketers to make their digital signs and advertisements interactive and immersive.  Healthcare organizations specializing in rehabilitation, sensory stimulation, activation and recreation also use GestureTek’s technology for virtual therapy. GestureTek’s clients include leading organizations and Fortune 500 companies such as CNN, NASA, BMW, Ford, Oracle, Intel, IBM, Federal Express, Autodesk, Panasonic and more.  Software and patent licensees include Microsoft, Sony, Hasbro and NTT DoCoMo. GestureTek is headquartered in Silicon Valley, with additional offices in Toronto, Ottawa and Asia.  For more information visit www.gesturetek.com or call (416) 340-9290 or 800-315-1189. 


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GestureTek technologies have international patent protection. U.S. patents include: 5,534,917 (Video Gesture Control Motion Detection);
7,058,204 (Multiple Camera Control System, Point to Control Base Patent); 7,421,093 (Multiple Camera Tracking System for Interfacing With an Application);
7,227,526 (Stereo Camera Control, 3D-Vision Image Control System); 7,379,563 (Two Handed Movement Tracker Tracking Bi-Manual Movements);
7,379,566 (Optical Flow-Based Tilt Sensor For Phone Tilt Control); 7,389,591 (Phone Tilt for Typing & Menus/Orientation-Sensitive Signal Output);
7,430,312 (Five Camera 3D Face Capture).

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