Hisense have just announced they are teaming up with eyeSight to integrate gesture recognition software in to their TV’s. These ‘smart TV’s’ will use motion monitoring cameras to read a persons hand and body gestures and in turn control various functions.
Hisense will be making use of eyeSights SDK on their new XT710 smart TV, which makes use of 2D cameras to monitor hand gestures and movements.
While the Microsoft Kinect-like system is currently only being used in Hisense’s televisions, it is expected computers, tablets and other consumer electronics will make use of the gesture based technology in the near future.
Read the full press release below:
Hisense Group, a leading Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer, signed a licensing agreement with eyeSight Mobile Technologies, a developer of touch free interfaces for digital devices, to integrate eyeSight’s innovative Hand Gesture Recognition Technology into new models of Android based Smart TV sets.
The agreement will turn Hisense into the first leading connected TV manufacturer to offer a smart TV with gesture recognition technology. Hisense will integrate eyeSight’s SDK into several new connected TV models revolutionizing user experience in the digital living room.
The first model of Hisense Smart TV with this unique feature is Series XT710, which has been introduced to the consumer markets in China to mark the October 1st National holidays.
Users who purchase this gesture-enabled connected TV, will be able to control various functions and applications by using intuitive hand gestures. This will be done by using simple hand gestures in front of the device’s 2D camera.
“The fact that an important global home appliance manufacturer such as Hisense chose to use our technology demonstrates eyeSight’s leading position in the field of gesture recognition technology,” said Gideon Shmuel, eyeSight’s CEO.
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“The international market for connected TVs has immense potential. As has been forecasted that by 2015, almost half of all new flat panel TVs will have connected features, manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve user experience,” he added.
The users of gesture enhanced connected TVs will enjoy a natural, new and intuitive way of interacting with their TV sets. They will be able to control basic TV functions, without having to move out of the comfortable viewing position to reach the remote control. Users will also be able to play games using intuitive gestures and touchlessly use other applications on the device.
eyeSight’s software-based technology meets the growing market demand for new and enhanced user interaction with devices. eyeSight’s solution offers touchless control for camera-enabled devices such as tablets, mobile phones, PCs, TVs, and set top boxes.
eyeSight Mobile Technologies is a leader in touch free interfaces for consumer electronics, enabling the consumer to easily and intuitively control devices using simple hand gestures.
eyeSight will showcase its power efficient hand gesture recognition technology for connect-TVs and digital devices at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Association (CES) show which will take place in Las Vegas from January 10–13.
The company will also be attending the Inter-Bee exhibition in Japan, which will take place November 16–18, 2011.
For more information about eyeSight, visit http://www.eyesight-tech.com.
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Founded in 1969, Hisense has now developed into a multibillion dollar global conglomerate, which has two listed companies (Hisense Electric Co., Ltd. (600060), on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and Hisense Kelon Electrical Holdings Company Ltd. (000921), on the Shenzhen and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges); owns three famous trademarks (Hisense, Kelon and Ronshen); and provides a wide range of products and services including “multimedia”, “home appliances”, “telecommunications” and ”information technology”.
Hisense has expanded its business into high-end industries and also into the top tiers of those industries through continuous technological research and development. It is making unremitting efforts and developing successive innovations together with its 60,000 employees around the world for the same dream—developing Hisense into an enduring enterprise and global brand.
The technology does seem interesting and it would be interesting to see the technology used in other applications.