Gesture recognition using an in-air 3D pointer could become the substitute for the traditional remote control, substituting on-screen menus for all those tiny button you need to push today. Look for buttonless remote controls using wireless connections on many consumer products in 2010. R.C.J.
Targeting the Internet TV crowd, wireless chip maker Broadcom has formed a joint venture with Hillcrest Labs to make wireless gesture recognition chips. Hillcrest's MEMS-based technology will be integrated with Broadcom's wireless Bluetooth chips. Hillcrest's Freespace motion control and pointing technology, exemplified by its Loop in-air gesture recognition device, earned a Consumer Electronics Show Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Award. Other companies that have licensed Hillcrest's Freespace technology include Eastman Kodak, Logitech, Universal Electronics and ZillionTV.
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