Huawei Working On Gesture Recognition Cameras For Future Phones

With some super-thin Androids in its stable, and rumors of a concerted effort to produce some Windows Phone 8 hardware, Huawei’s been enjoying some pretty positive press lately. For a company that’s trying to increase its public profile and start getting recognized by consumers along with the likes of Samsung and HTC as a major name in the smartphone community, that’s going to be quite important. It seems that Huawei is also looking to innovation as way to attract some attention, and the company recently revealed its intention to develop phones with advanced gesture-recognition capabilities.

Huawei’s John Roese, GM of its North American R&D facility, thinks that we’re approaching a point where multi-touch inputs just won’t cut it anymore, not offering enough different ways to interact with a screen. In an effort to introduce a more flexible control system, Roese says that Huawei is looking to a camera-based system for interpreting hand gestures. This would mean some beefier graphics hardware driving Huawei phones, as well as using a pair of front-facing cameras to track movements in 3D. Don’t look for this to happen all at once, as Roese explained that we’d see the sort of hardware needed to support this system added to the company’s phones incrementally.

Is Huawei on the right track with this gesture idea? Beyond the power concerns of running two cameras all the time, is there really a need, or even demand, for this kind of elaborate gesture control? Sometimes, at least, it feels like a good old fashioned nested menu system would be preferable to an elaborate series of gesture commands.

Source: Computer World

Via: Electronista

Image: Bloomberg

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