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Qualcomm buys GestureTek stake for hands-free phone control

updated 10:55 am EDT, Mon July 25, 2011

Qualcomm buys part of GestureTek for smartphones

Mobile device chipmaker Qualcomm on Monday said it has purchased a part of GestureTek, a company that calls itself the world leader in computer vision control. The privately-held, California-based company is expected to contribute to future chips for smartphones. Qualcomm purchased parts of GestureTek's business meant for smartphones and left behind those related to public displays and digital signage.

A video demo on a Nintendo DS of GestureTek's Momo engine is embedded below, though it's about a year old. The user's head is tracked and the motion's translate to controlling the avatar's head in the sports game. It is also said to allow answering calls or turning pages without touching the screen or buttons.

Specific details on the Qualcomm and GestureTek deal haven't been revealed. [via AllThingsD]





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