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The Midas Touch: Investing in the future of gesture-based technology

View from the Mountain The physical and digital worlds are converging. The process has occurred over time, caused by the advent of sensors that turn physical events into digital data. The next iteration of convergence is here, and is set to explode onto the market: gesture-based technologies, which interpret and react to human movement. Gesture-tech has taken time to gain mainstream momentum. In 2010, The New York Times summed its history up nicely—it is “one of the most significant changes to human-device interfaces since the mouse appeared next to computers in the early 1980s, but no significant products have gotten much traction.” The lull is now over. The Explosion Gesture-tech’s applications are only limited by imagination. It can be applied to sign language, so the deaf can transcribe their movements into text. It has been applied in rehabilitative medicine, to dictate diagnostic robots interaction with patients. The entertainment industry also stands to benefit. Increasingly complex and realistic video games have been able to leverage the technology to build increasingly human movement in the models and refine artificial intelligence. Gesture-tech can even interpret and respond...

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Israeli companies making their mark on CES 2013

I’m not sure how many of our readers know about Israeli attendance at tech shows. There’s the apocryphal very real story about the planes full of hundreds of Israeli attendees who attend the GSMA — Mobile World Congress every year. While plenty of them are there, Israelis haven’t built a similar, influential presence in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held yearly in Las Vegas. That may be changing as Israeli technology makes its way closer and closer to the consumer. Israeli hand gesture firms make impact at CES Two firms, PointGrab and eyeSight used CES to announce major supplier agreements with the likes of Samsung and AMD. Both firms compete in the 2D gesture technology space and with these deals in place, consumers will soon see their tech in mobile devices and tablets. You can read more about these two companies and their technologies in David Shamah’s column. Even CEO of Intel Israel, Mooly Eden was talking up gesture technologies at CES this year. He calls his latest venture “perceptual computing” and believes these technologies will change the nature of...

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