Microsoft acquires gesture control company Canesta

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Canesta, a company specializing in gesture control tech. The agreement includes Microsoft taking control of its products, technology, intellectual property, customer contracts, and other resources as well.

Holding 44 patents to date with a dozen more on file, Canesta could be a vital addition to Microsoft given the company’s record in creating natural user interfaces across different platforms, an addition that undoubtedly relates to upcoming Kinect and how serious Microsoft is about trying to make a lasting impact on the industry with it, among other areas.

According to Jim Spare, Canesta president and CEO, “This is very exciting news for the industry. There is little question that within the next decade we will see natural user interfaces become common for input across all devices. With Microsoft’s breadth of scope from enterprise to consumer products, market presence, and commitment to NUI, we are confident that our technology will see wide adoption across many applications that embody the full potential of the technology.”

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