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EyeSight Gets $4.2M Investment For Mobile Gestures

Gesture-based controls have largely been the purview of home consoles, but that may change if eyeSight Mobile and its $4.2 million in new funding have anything to say about the use of gestures on mobile platforms.
Gesture-based controls have largely been the purview of home consoles, but that may change if eyeSight Mobile and its $4.2 million in new funding have anything to say about the use of gestures on mobile platforms. The new Series B funding comes from IP licensing firm CEVA and Japanese tech investment firm Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, as well as former investors in the company. EyeSight says the new business relationships will help the company expand its reach, integrating its gesture-based and finger-tracking interface portfolio into CEVA's MM-3000 image signal processor. That platform is installed on products ranging from smartphones to TVs from companies including Apple and Samsung. Phone makers have primarily used this technology to assist users in performing common tasks -- such as answering a phone call while driving using a mid-air swipe -- but the technology could also be used for mobile games controlled without a touch screen. "The combination of the fully programmable CEVA-MM3000 together with eyeSight's industry-leading gesture technology clearly demonstrates the versatility of our powerful, software-based ISP and video platform significantly," CEVA CEO Gideon Wertheizer said in a statement. Other mobile companies have shown interest in using gestural controls, including Qualcomm, which acquired parts of motion tech firm GestureTek in July.

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