|By Business Wire||
|June 3, 2014 08:03 AM EDT||
PointGrab Ltd. today announced that ASUS, one of the world’s top leaders of computer PC solutions, has selected PointGrab’s award-winning gesture recognition software to be incorporated in the latest line of ASUS All-in-One (AiO) devices. ASUS’s customers will be able to use gestures to control their computer in an intuitive and natural way that brings great value, flexibility and freedom of not needing to sit right next to the device by allowing them to operate it from almost anywhere in the room.
“As people continue to adopt gesture as another way to control their devices, it was important for us to be able to offer the most ground-breaking and advanced solutions within our products,” said Mr. Joe Hsieh, Corporate Vice President & General Manager of ASUS Desktop Systems. “By partnering with PointGrab, ASUS’s unique AiO devices will offer a great gesture control experience, which will also open the way for new and exciting content.”
PointGrab will provide ASUS customers with the most reliable and usable gesture technology by implementing its proprietary Hybrid Action Recognition solution within these devices. This enables a unique and smart combination of shape recognition and motion tracking using several processes that facilitates the machine-learning algorithm to better understand what a user is actually trying to do. ASUS AiOs’ gesture control features will include cursor, swipe, grab, drag and drop, two hands zoom and rotate, and mimic the “shh” motion to mute the audio. Media applications supported by ASUS’s gesture experience include Metro video, photos, and music, Windows photo viewer, Adobe PDF, Windows Media Player, Maps, and more.
“We believe controlling your device from a distance using natural gestures brings great value to consumers in many use cases,” said PointGrab’s CEO, Haim Perski. “We are very happy to add a leading PC vendor such as ASUS to our customer base, and will continue to work together to make sure our gesture control experience reaches mass consumers.”
For the first time, gesture solutions will also be enabled for Facebook, allowing ASUS device users to engage with the popular social networking site from anywhere in the room. With the introduction of this unique new feature on ASUS products, customers will be able to use gestures to intuitively like a photo, explore albums, browse between photos, and control or mute the volume on Facebook from a distance. With this new implementation, PointGrab is leading the charge in bringing gesture to the web, which will ultimately change and open up the possibilities of how people interact with the Internet in the future.
The first launch of the ASUS AiO devices powered by PointGrab will be announced at Computex and will be available in the United States beginning Q3 2014.
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.
PointGrab is a leader in advanced hand gesture recognition solutions offering a natural and intuitive way of interacting with consumer devices. PointGrab’s software solution enables TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones and home appliances to be operated by a natural user interface using hand shapes and movements. Frost & Sullivan recognized PointGrab’s innovative technology with the 2013 European Technology Innovation Award for its achievements in gesture recognition for consumer electronics.
PointGrab’s market-leading solutions have been commercially available since 2010 and are currently integrated into millions of consumer devices through many of the world’s top OEMs, brands such as Samsung, ASUS, TCL, Lenovo, Acer, Skyworth, Fujitsu, Intel and others. For more information: www.pointgrab.com.
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