3D Gesture Sensing Control: Development Trends and Patent Analysis

3D Gesture Sensing Control: Development Trends and Patent Analysis

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In November 2013, Apple spent US$360 million to acquire PrimeSense, a key player in 3D gesture sensing control industry. This news has raised speculation that Apple is going to move forward from its current multi-touch control to 3D gesture sensing control in the future. Meanwhile, Microsoft, Google, Sony, Samsung are also actively deploying in this field. This report surveys major technology of 3D gesture sensing control, conducts a thorough analysis on current patents, and pinpoints 10 significant patents worth noting in the future.

List of Topics

Overview of the major technologies used to measure objects in 3D, including structured light scanning, time of flight (TOF), and triangulation, with the pros and cons of each technology provided
A thorough patent analysis was done for 1,214 patents related to 3D gesture sensing control technologies, with their major sectors, fields, and technology identified and assignees' relative R&D strength determined
Tracking and observing highlights are provided from the perspectives of the industry, technology, and patent, giving vendors a more complete picture of the latest development and future direction of the 3D gesture sensing control industry

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1.Overview of Major Technologies Used to Measure Objects in 3D
2.Pros & Cons of Major 3D Gesture Sensing Control Technologies
2.1 Structured Light Scanning
2.2 Time of Flight
2.3 Triangulation
3.Patent Mining of 3D Gesture Sensing Control Technologies
3.1 Patent Search Procedure
3.1.1 Selecting a Patent Database
3.1.2 Identifying Search Keywords
3.1.3 Data Selection
3.1.4 Data Analysis
3.2 Results of Patent Mining
3.2.1 Text Mining
3.2.2 Data Mining
3.2.3 Relative R&D Strength
3.3 Results of Patent Index Analysis
4.Tracking and Observing Highlights
4.1 Industry Aspect
4.2 Technology Aspect
4.3 Patent Aspect
Appendix
List of Tables
Table 1 Comparison between 3D Gesture Sensing Control Technologies
Table 2 Key Technology Types Identified By Text Mining
Table 3 Top 15 Assignees in the Field of 3D Gesture Sensing Control Technologies
Table 4 Top 10 Patents Related to 3D Gesture Sensing Control
Table 5 Matrix Analysis of 10 Most Important Patents Related to 3D Gesture Sensing Control Technology
Table 6 Major Vendors in the Field of 3D Gesture Sensing Control
List of Figures
Figure 1 Types of 3D Gesture Sensing Control Technology
Figure 2 Principle of Structured Light Scanning
Figure 3 Xbox Kinect: a Commercial Application of Structured Light Scanning
Figure 4 Principle of Time-of-Flight Method
Figure 5 ZCam: a Commercial Application of Time-of-Flight Method
Figure 6 Principle of Triangulation Method
Figure 7 PlayStation 4 Eye Camera: a Commercial Application of Triangulation Method
Figure 8 Patent Search Flow for 3D Gesture Sensing Control Technologies
Figure 9 Correlation between Top 5 3D Gesture Sensing Control Technologies in terms of Patent Number
Figure 10 3D Gesture Sensing Control Patents by Sector Share
Figure 11 3D Gesture Sensing Control Patents by Field Share

Companies Mentioned:

3DV Systems
AMD
Apple
ARM
ASUS
Canesta
Ceva
Cognivue Corp
Eedoo
Etron
EyeSight
Flutter
Google
Honda Motor
Infineon
Intel
JDSU
Meas Imaging
Microsoft
Motorola
Movea
Nokia
Oblong Industries
Omek
Panasonic
Pixar Imaging
PMD
Pointgrab
PrimeSense
Qualcomm
Samsung
Softkinetic
Sony
Synaptics
Texas Instrument
USPTO