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TI, SoftKinetic to unveil 3D time-of-flight image sensor

Posted: 02 Jan 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:gesture control  3D sensor  time-of-flight 

Texas Instruments Inc. has teamed up with SoftKinetic to speed up adoption of gesture control in TVs, PCs and various consumer and industrial devices. TI will demonstrate its 3D time-of-flight (ToF) image sensor chipset that integrates SoftKinetic's DepthSense pixel technology and runs SoftKinetic's iisu middleware for finger, hand and full-body tracking.

The TI chipset is inside 3D cameras that control a laptop and a smart TV to access and navigate movies, games and other content with the wave of a hand. The TV demonstration also features TI's OMAP 5 processor, which powers an impressive natural user interface with robust gesture recognition and full-HD graphics, detailed the companies.

Current 3D gesture recognition solutions lack real-time tracking and suffer from poor sensitivity, which can cause sluggish performance. TI's ToF chipset claims to feature a 3D sensor using SoftKinetic's DepthSense pixel technology and overcomes this problem to deliver high sensitivity and the real-time motion tracking responsiveness consumers expect. The firms added that the solution enables precise tracking of finger, hand and full-body gestures.

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