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Thursday, September 22, 2011

IDENT partners to develop world’s first 3D gesture Multi-touch Display

IDENT Technology and AU Optronics to jointly develop Multi-touch displays with integrated long range free-space 3D gesture control capabilities
By Nick Flaherty

One of the world's largest flat panel makers, AU Optronics, has signed a deal to use a 3D gesture control chip in its 2D multi touch and 3D Liquid Crystal Display Modules (LCM) to create the world’s first LCM display with integrated free-space gesture control functionality. The agreement will provide the consumer electronic market, especially tablet PCs, with a next generation of displays, providing true 3D sensing capabilities on top of traditional 2D touch control.
The GestIC chip, developed by IDENT Technology in Germany, is based on near-field electric sensing, which allows a very easy integration into standard touch panels of AUO at a most attractive price point. A user’s hand or finger motion hovering over the display area is translated into a broad range of pre-defined gesture commands as well as jitter-free positional data. In comparison to optical camera based systems, it works independently of the ambient environment, eliminates detection blind spots and only requires a fraction of the power.
“The partnership between AUO and IDENT will create groundbreaking user interface solutions and change the way we interact with our devices,” said Roland Aubauer, Chief Technology Officer and speaker of the IDENT managing board.
The two companies will jointly integrate GestIC into AUO’s LCM and develop the user interface concept to accelerate delivery to consumers. AUO will create, market and distribute their 2D multi touch and 3D Gesture displays that provide, along with the traditional display functionalities, a whole set of pre-loaded compelling applications that can be controlled by the consumer as simply as the wave of a hand. 
"IDENT’s GestIC SoC allows us to truly unleash the third dimension for user input control via our display products," said HongJye Hong, Senior Associate Vice President of AUO Technology Unit. "Through this partnership, AUO will be able to enhance the users’ experience of operating touch/multi-touch displays. At the same time our product creation will not be burdened with all the technology shortcomings of other 3D user interface technologies which prevented a break-through of 3D gesture control for mobile devices so far.” He concludes, “We are very pleased to create the world’s first display with true 3D hand gesture sensing capability."
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