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SCEA Licenses GestureTek Patent for EyeToy Development

GestureTek, the patent creator and holder for their Video Gesture Control technology, announced that it has granted Sony Computer Entertainment America a license to use t...
GestureTek, the patent creator and holder for their Video Gesture Control technology, announced that it has granted Sony Computer Entertainment America a license to use the technology in EyeToy game development. The EyeToy, a USB camera peripheral for the PS2 developed by Richard Marks in 2003, has been used primarily for games controlled by moving your body, but GestureTek's engine promise finer control and more possibilities for the peripheral. "With millions of EyeToy units sold worldwide, it is clear that people want to control the characters and action in a videogame without a joystick," said GestureTek CEO Bill Leckonby, "and want to be a part of the action by being a significant living, breathing character in the game. We're excited at the prospect of GestureTek technology expanding the level of human action in the videogame medium." Previously, GestureTek's Video Gesture Control technology -- 15 years in the making -- has been on display in museums and trade shows, and has only now begun to branch out into consumer applications. In addition to the EyeToy licensing deal, GestureTek has signed on with cell phone game developers and Playskool/Hasbro's recently announced ION (E.G.S.) system.

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