New 3D imaging chips allow for touchless gesture recognition

inf3dMicrosoft’s Kinect sensor may well be the world’s most recognisable gesture recognition device, but take the idea, shrink it down into a single chip and you have the new 3D sensor chip family developed by German fabless designer Infineon Technologies.

The new chips take a 3D imaging sensor array and combine it with conversion and control functions to produce a compact, single lens system, which Infineon says is ripe for PC and consumer electronics applications.

So far, there are two chips – the IRS1010C and IRS1020C – offer pixel resolution of 160×120 and 352×288-pixel resolution, respectively. Infineon also has reference kits to create compact 3D cameras, although at these resolution levels, video capture is not the main game.

By being able to create a Kinect-style gesture capture design in a single chip, there’s plenty of scope for adding touchless gesture recognition to a much wider array of devices than you might have first thought.

You can read more at PMD Technologies’ website.

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