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Microsoft just starting gesture-controlled push: executives

12/02, 1:10pm

Microsoft turns focus to natural user interfaces

Microsoft plans to bring touch-, gesture- and voice-activated technology to products that include video games and in-vehicle entertainment systems, say executives. In an interview with eWeek yesterday, senior director of marketing for Microsoft Tellme Ilya Bukshteyn said speech will be a key project at the software giant. Thus far, Xbox gamers can use their voice to control characters in some games, with about 20 percent of Bing Mobile searches also voice-activated.

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Microsoft buying gesture recognition chipmaker Canesta

10/29, 5:50pm

Microsoft buys Canesta for gesture computing

Microsoft today bought chip designer Canesta in what's believed to be a strategy to move gesture recognition to the PC. The deal will give access to a processing system, CanestaVision, that can convert the image from a camera's CMOS sensor into 3D data for gestures with depth. Microsoft already uses camera-based motion in the Xbox 360's Kinect system launching just next week, suggesting that it's moving beyond its existing technology.

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