Gesture Recognition Technology: The Future of Smartphones?

Technavio’s latest report on the Global Gesture Recognition Technology market says that over 1 billion smartphones are being used across the world. In such a massive market, mobile phone manufacturers are under more and more pressure to produce cutting edge technology in order to stay relevant. New smartphone models are released almost daily, forcing producers to continually answer the most frequently asked consumer question: “what’s next?”

This pressure provides vendors in the Global Gesture Recognition Market with an opportunity to design and capitalize on “mobile-friendly” gesture recognition applications for smartphones. In anticipation of these developments, TechNavio posts a CAGR of 26.4% for the market. 

The primary drivers for the expansion of gesture recognition technology in the smartphone market include:

  • User-friendliness of Gesture Recognition-enabled Devices
  • Gesture Recognition Allowing for Better Ergonomics
  • Gesture Recognition Providing Better Safety in the Automotive Sector

Though touch screen interfaces are sometimes cited as a more viable substitution for gesture recognition technology, the latter offers the following advantages, amongst many others:

  • Remote Controlling
    A number of accidents are caused every year by individuals attempting to adjust their phone’s media features while driving. Integrating gesture recognition into smartphones will allow users to control certain smart phone functions with simple hand movements, barring the need for taking one’s eyes off the road.
  • Sign Language Interpretation
    Gesture recognition will allow for the transcription of sign language into text, which could prove to be a monumental development for the users who are hearing or speech-impaired.
  • Immersive Game Technology
    Games account for the majority of paid app downloads by adults and teens and adults. Gesture recognition technology allows users to interact within games using hand and body movements, making for a much more immersive experience.

Currently, GestureTek, SoftKinetic, Evoluce AG, and Navisense are among the primary providers in the Global Gesture Recognition Market. However, the technical knowledge required for gesture recognition abled products is very accessible, which creates a wide margin for new competition. 

The key to market dominance will be overcoming the obstacles that at present halt the adoption of the technology in handheld devices. To successfully repurpose the gesture recognition technology used in systems such as Xbox Kinect and PlayStation Eye for smart phone use, the end product must offer:

  • low power consumption
  • wide spatial detection
  • the ability to function in all lighting conditions.

Some critics believe that using gesture recognition with a primarily handheld device is redundant. That said, it is hard to argue with the above advantages, particularly in an industry as competitive as the mobile phone market, where the constant release of new and cutting-edge technology is necessary to stay afloat. 

For more information, visit our 2012-2016 Gesture Recognition Technology Market Report.

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