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Over half a billion smartphones will respond to gestures by 2017

ABI Research forecasts 600 million smartphones will offer vision-based gesture recognition in 2017

Pointing and waving your hands are set to become widely-used ways of interacting with mobile phones, according to a new study from ABI Research. It says the detection of vision-based gestures - physical movements identified by a camera or other sensors - will offer an additional input method for 600 million smartphones in 2017.

Josh Flood, senior analyst at ABI Research, said “Gesture recognition is a very exciting prospect, particularly for smartphones and tablets. These devices are already heavily entrenched into peoples’ lives and another communication interface is always very welcome.”

Camera-based gesture recognition is already available on gaming consoles, with Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect and the Sony PlayStation Eye both offering gesture-controlled games. Gesture recognition is also supported by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon computer chips, while rival Intel has also acknowledged the importance of gesture and voice control to the computing sector.

[ABI Research reports]

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