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September 14, 2010

Extreme Reality collaborates with Texas Instruments

To deliver NxG gesturing engine that enables mobile devices track and recognise human body gestures

By CBR Staff Writer

Extreme Reality (XTR) has partnered with Texas Instruments (TI) to deliver a touchless gesturing engine and gesturing application framework for mobile devices.

The company said that its camera-based, touchless gesturing technology will enable mobile devices to track and recognise human body gestures, in order to command and control different applications on mobile devices.

Using single- or multiple-finger gesturing, users can point, click, drag, scroll, zoom and rotate – all with simple hand movements that never even touch the screen.

XTR said that this touchless gesturing will enable applications such as: controlling a handheld device while walking; controlling a mobile phone while driving; as well as controlling a remotely placed mobile device.

XTR’s joint approach will use a single 2D camera, combined with a real-time motion capture software engine from XTR running on the OMAP platform from TI.

As a result of this collaboration, the companies will deliver a offering for touchless gesturing that is optimised for the OMAP platform, leveraging the hardware resources of the OMAP 4 processor.

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The XTR software will be delivered as part of TI’s NUI offering – from Smartphones to tablets to mobile consumer devices – coupled with TI’s image signal processing and power management software.

This software offering will be supported with a set of tools, allowing application developers and OEMs to access the gesturing library, as well as connect gestures to existing or future applications, the company said.

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