Chips provide high integration touchless gesture control for computers and consumer devices
pmdtechnologies gmbh, a division of ifm, and Infineon Technologies jointly developed a family of 3D Image Sensor chips for implementation of touchless gesture recognition. The chips are the first to combine a 3D image sensing pixel array with the digital conversion and control functionality needed to design very compact and accurate monocular systems for gesture recognition applications in computers and consumer electronics devices.
The Infineon 3D Image Sensor chips will simplify and enhance the way people interact with machines. They enable fast and reliable tracking of finger movements and hand gestures to complement today’s touch screen and mouse or stylus user interfaces. The chip family includes the time-of-flight pixel matrix design and patented suppression of background illumination (SBI) technology licensed from pmdtechnologies. The SBI improves the sensor’s dynamic range allowing indoor and outdoor operations.
The reference camera developed by pmd enables the smallest 3D camera currently available. Revolutionary natural user interfaces (NUIs) are facilitated by these integrated depth sensors based on pmd´s Time-of-Flight 3D technology. This new kind of 3D camera allows you to move your hands freely in any pose and control your PC by sensing even fast and subtle movements of fingers and hand gestures.
The chips are designed and manufactured by two leaders in the semi-conductor field: pmdtechnologies gmbh and Infineon Technologies AG. pmdtechnologies is recognized as the world’s leading technology provider for 3D Image sensors based on the Time-of-Flight (ToF) principle. While Infineon is renowned for its semiconductor process excellence. The combination of these strengths has developed the most integrated 3D sensor available worldwide.
“The consolidation of the existing and mature Time-of-Flight 3D sensing know-how at PMD and the volume-proven, mixed-signal CMOS process technology and design expertise of Infineon will pave the way to the best possible user experience for touchless gesture recognition applications,” said Bernd Buxbaum, CEO of pmdtechnologies.
“Gesture recognition will dramatically change the way people control computing and consumer electronic systems,” says Ralf Bornefeld, Vice President and General Manager of the Sense & Control business line at Infineon Technologies AG. “We expect touchless gesture interfaces based on our 3D Image Sensor to change the user experience and enhance productivity the same way that the mouse did decades ago with the PC.”
Samples of the gestures sensors are available for development of 3D camera systems with volume production scheduled for mid-2014.