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This article was published on June 10, 2013

    3D gesture control using a standard camera? No problem, says eyeSight

    3D gesture control using a standard camera? No problem, says eyeSight
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    Gesture recognition company eyeSight has said that its newest gesture control software is capable of detecting depth and simulating 3D tracking using only a standard webcam or other camera.

    The company, which has its headquarters in Israel, as well as global offices in the US, Korea, Hong Kong and Japan, chose to demonstrate the capabilities of its software with a demo using Google Earth.

    In the video (below) you can see a person navigating the virtual streets and manipulating Google Earth simply using gesture controls from hovering their hand in front of the screen.

    The company said it’s 100 percent software based – meaning you won’t need a new phone or laptop to get in on the action in future – and only requires a standard camera or webcam.

    “For eyeSight it’s all about delivering fresh and exciting user experiences,” company CEO Gideon Shmuel said. “We want to enable users to interact with their devices using natural gestures, and we believe adding such capabilities to our offering, create a new layer of intuitiveness that users want.”

    A number of PC and smartphone manufacturers are starting to integrate gesture control into their devices, with Lenovo’s Yoga Ultrabooks already including the eyeSight’s tech.

    As smartphone, tablet and PC vendors continue to struggle to differentiate themselves from the competition, the addition of features such as gesture control (as seen on the Samsung Galaxy S4) is just one way they are looking to make their products stand out from the crowd.