Gesture recognition co Omek Interactive raises $7m

Intel Capital led the round.

Gesture recognition company Omek Interactive Ltd. has raised $7 million in its third financing round, led by Intel Capital.

Omek will use the proceeds to expand its product and technology teams, develop new products for specific target markets, and extend its business development and technical support.

Omek's Beckon technology converts the raw depth map data from 3D cameras into an awareness of people in front of the camera. Peoples' movements or positions are then converted into hardware or software commands, enabling device manufacturers and application developers to create gesture and body tracking interfaces which are natural and accessible.

Omek CEO Janine Kutliroff said, "Omek's tools work with all major 3D cameras, enabling our platform customers to take advantage of the latest depth-sensing technologies, and offering software developers a write-once solution for all of these platforms.

3D cameras and computerized movement tracking has become a hot field in the past year. The technology of industry leader, Israel's Primesense Inc. forms part of Kinect, the device that allows players of Microsoft's Xbox 360 to operate games remotely with body movements.

Omek's technology works with cameras developed by Primesense and Panasonic, as well as Lenovo's game isec games console.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on July 13, 2011

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