Apple's ongoing work on in-air gesturing accelerated with the acquisition of PrimeSense who was behind Microsoft's Kinect. Apple has many patents and invention on this technology (one, two, three, four and more) and in fact a new one was published on Thursday. In that report we presented an illustration that we discovered in a recent Samsung patent that showed that they're working on a 3D user interface in context with a VR headset or SmartGlass device. Coincidentally, the U.S. Patent Office published a major Google invention on this very same technology this week. The difference is that Google takes a different approach using radar-based technology to accommodate in-air gesturing. The new system could be used to advance Android TV, kitchen appliances, PC's, set-top-boxes and a future smartwatch. In fact Google's smartwatch integrated with radar-based gesturing is presented to you in our cover graphic. The smartwatch, for instance, would send out a radar transmission and the user would gesture into the beam itself so as to interact with a device such as a TV. It could replace the TV remote and add a new dimension to interactive gaming one day.
With at least Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Google currently working on different applications for this technology, it would appear, at least on paper, that in-air gesturing is a future trend that takes display-surface gesturing that is now restricted to touching displays to a whole new level. For more on Google's in-depth invention, see Patently Apple's report here.
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