PointGrab has launched its new advanced software in selected Windows 8 devices, enabling users to do a range of tasks with just hand gestures.
Founded in 2008 and headquartered close to Tel Aviv, PointGrab has created a way of enabling touch-free controls on laptops and PCs. But unlike Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows, the system just uses the standard 2D camera fitted to many computers.
The software can accurately and reliably track human hands individually or together to perform a range of tasks.
PointGrab views hand gesture control as being complementary to the traditional keyboard and mouse set-up, along with the new touch gestures enabled on Microsoft’s Windows 8.
Expanding on PointGrab’s Windows 7 product, the Windows 8 interface allows users to navigate through the user interface, control multimedia and open applications via a range of touch-free gestures. PointGrab also says that the technology could be applied to gaming.
Acer and Fujitsu are the first companies to adopt PointGrab’s latest software in some of their new machines running Windows 8.
“Fujitsu’s latest devices add new levels of mobility and enjoyment to the lives of our users, and PointGrab’s hands-free solution is a key offering in this line of products,” said Hisamichi Higuchi, the general manager of Advanced Technology Division, Fujitsu Ltd.
“We pride ourselves in offering customers cutting-edge equipment that features groundbreaking technology. Using PointGrab to navigate Windows 8′s user interface is one of the most seamless user experiences available today.”
Acer has fitted PointGrab gesture controls in its new Windows 8 All-in-One devices.
David Liu, the associate vice president of stationary computing products at Acer, said: “Acer’s long-term mission is to break the barriers between people and technology.
“PointGrab’s latest solution helps us to continue realising that mission by making hand gestures easy and intuitive – ultimately to become second nature for our customers.”
The new touch-free technology offered by PointGrab works on PCs running either Intel or ARM-based processors, and is also suitable for televisions and other devices with front cameras.
PointGrab chief executive Haim Perski said: “Microsoft’s most recent operating system is a true step forward in making technology more intuitive and streamlined, and PointGrab software has been engineered to make the most of that.”
Selected Acer and Fujitsu devices with PointGrab software included are now on sale across North America, Europe and Asia.