Qualcomm Acquires Certain Gesture Recognition IP Assets from GestureTek

Today Qualcomm announced that they are acquiring certain gesture recognition IP assets from GestureTek. GestureTek is a leading company in gesture recognition whose technologies are licensed by various companies around the world which includes Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Here is the picture showing some of their clients,

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Qualcomm didn’t detail what exactly was their acquisition, but their intent is that those assets will enhance their smartphone product portfolio and enable their customers to launch products with new and compelling user experiences. Qualcomm also said that Gesture recognition technology will be integrated into current and next-generation Snapdragon processors which is the now de-facto standard for Windows Phone based devices. Hope we will see some more enhanced gesture support on our phones in action ! ! !

Press Release after the break.

SAN DIEGO – July 25, 2011 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that it has acquired certain assets from GestureTek, a developer of gesture recognition technology. A leader in the gesture recognition field, GestureTek has more than 25 years of experience implementing gesture-based technologies in mobile devices, entertainment facilities, healthcare systems, retail locations, and public and private venues. The acquisition gives Qualcomm ownership of certain intellectual property assets related to gesture recognition, as well as key engineering resources. GestureTek is retaining other assets in continuation of its gesture-controlled public display and digital signage business.

“Applications processors are enabling a range of new ways for consumers to interface with their home entertainment and mobile devices,” said Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president and group president, Qualcomm. “Our acquisition of key technology and assets from GestureTek will strengthen Qualcomm’s smartphone product portfolio and enable our customers to launch products with new and compelling user experiences.”

Gesture recognition technology will be integrated into Qualcomm’s current and next-generation Snapdragon™ processors, giving OEMs the capability to produce smartphones, tablets and home entertainment devices with user interfaces based on natural human gestures.

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