Eventually, 11 years later this phone Patent sold to Apple in 2008 as covers technology used in the iPhone, here is some of the story
I left Microsoft in 2007 and founded Girton Labs Ltd, Cambridge. Now in 2010 we are inventing and building prototypes for mobile phone technology for the next 5-10 years. There is so much competition now with phones, a brand new type of novel hardware needs inventing to differential the rest from the Apple iPhone.
One thrilling new sensor design for mobile phones I can't talk about yet as confidential for phone company. But here is one I can. Here is a video of our new hand tracker. We have prototyped a proof of concept model:
If video doesn't fit on your screen, please click on link below:
The video shows a hand being tracked with a 4x4 heat
array, of possible use to mobile phones and tablet pcs.
A Digital signal Processor decodes, left/right up/down hand movement .
Applications for this new User Input include web page navigation, hand
gesture control and power on/off for mobile phones and tablet computers.
Other applications include sterile medical controls and controlling simple
instruments in cars like GPS. It works with gloves unlike some hand trackers or touch screens.
The technology also includes these feature being done by a phone's built in camera
but the advantage over using ordinary built in camera to track hands, is very low
processor overhead, (uses 4Mhz micrcocontroller for Digital Signal
Processing in prototype) very low power and can work in low light
Cost of sensor approx $5 in large quantities, Intellectual Property
owned entirely by Girton Labs Ltd, Cambridge.
Please contact Lyndsay Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.