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Qualcomm demos gesture-based UI

Qualcomm demos gesture-based UI
Tim Green


Development / AR / September 14th 2011 at 10:37AM

Phone mic becomes sensor in Kinect-like demo. Plus updates on AR and more.

At Qualcomm's annual Innovation event today, CEO Paul Jacobs gave a quick demo of the new gesture-based tech in which turned a handset’s microphone into an ultrasound sensor.

This enables the use of gesture – as popularised by Wii and Kinect – to control an enabled device's functions.

It's not radically new, of course, and is presumably a fresh spin on the tech that came to QC when it bought Gesturetek earlier this year.

The showcase was low on hard news, although Qualcomm did provide its usual mix of market data in network and handset roll-outs.

But there were some demos of the technologies that the firm's vast R&D budgets bring forward.

Thus, we saw a new implementation of the vision-based AR platform that Qualcomm is making available to developers. Here, Jacobs scanned a DVD box to reveal previews of multiple movies including the one inside.

Qualcomm's AR tools focus on the kind of AR that uses a visual trigger (in books, magazines, brochures, tickets, signs etc) to bring forth a 3D animation or image.

The firm confirmed to ME that around 12,000 SDK kits have been downloaded by developers, with around five live products launched.

Another tech under discussion was Alljoyn, which is a peer-to-peer technology framework that enables device-to-device communication without the use of an intermediary server. Qualcomm says it scores over BlueTooth by virtue of its range, ease of use and more advanced network capabilities.

Here, it demoed Pac-Man multi-player gaming and a simple shared drawing tool. But it's easy to see the applications is dating etc. The first apps and enabled devices are expected in Q1 1012.

Finally, there was iSkoot, which makes social media activity more manageable for the network. Qualcomm said the drain on networks caused by vast social media usage is less to do with content and messages sent than the need to continually wake up network assets.

iSkoot minimises this, giving operators a white label product social media tool they can pre-load or make available as an app.

Qualcomm has four customers for this so far, and announced Vodafone Spain during the event.