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The gesture recognition and touch-less sensing market is growing at a significant rate mainly due to the increased adoption by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).The other factors driving the global gesture control market include low cost of gesture enabling software and growing demand of this technology in e-passport programs. Integration of multiple technologies and increase in use of touch-less sanitary equipment in residential sector are some of the factors providing growth opportunities to the gesture recognition and touch-less sensing market in the coming years.
Touch-less sensing and gesture recognition technology enables the consumer to interact with a device and give electronic commands without the touching it. This is performed by the use of automated systems in which human actions are analyzed by software, followed by certain machine tasks. Infrared and capacitive sensors effectively sense the proximity of any human near the device and perform different tasks as indicated by its functionality. It improves the user experience and also improves the quality of service. Gesture recognition has brought about a revolutionary change in which consumer interacts with machines. The increasing development in research and development activities in touch-less sensing technology in the recent years is further boosting the market scope for such devices.
On the basis of technology, the gesture recognition market can be categorized as touch-based gesture recognition and touch-less gesture recognition. Touch-based gesture recognition technology includes gyroscope, accelerometer and combo sensor or inertial measurement unit. Touch-less gesture recognition technology includes ultrasonic technology, 3d vision technologies, capacitive or electric field, 2d camera based, and infrared array. The gesture recognition market can also be categorized on the basis of applications as healthcare, defense, consumer electronics, advertisement and communication, and automotive. Consumer electronics in which gesture recognition is present include smart television, laptops and tablets, set-top box, gaming console, and smartphones.
On the basis of technology, the touch-less sensing market can be categorized as sensors, camera based technology, radio frequency identification technology, and voice recognition. On the basis of products, the touch-less sensing market can be categorized as touch-less biometric and sanitary equipment. Sanitary equipment includes touch-less trashcans, touch-less faucets, touch-less paper towel dispensers, hand dryers, and touch-less soap dispensers. Touch-less biometric includes face recognition system, touch-less fingerprint recognition, voice recognition, and iris recognition. On the basis of application, the touch-less sensing market can be categorized o as government sector, automotive sector, consumer electronics, healthcare, and finance and banking.
The key factors driving the gesture recognition and touch-less sensing market include growth of travel, healthcare and education applications, enhanced user experience and growing need of sophisticated automatic processes in government sector, banking and financial services. The rise in demand for gesture recognition technologies in smartphones offers a significant opportunity to the gesture recognition and touch-less sensing manufactures as smartphone market is growing at a significant pace. The key factors restraining the growth of gesture recognition and touch-less sensing market include high replacement cost, lack of haptic perception, user resistance to the technology, and high power consumption by the products using gesture recognition and touch-less sensing technology.
Some of the competitors in the gesture recognition and touch-less sensing market are Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Intel Corporation, Infineon Technologies AG, Cross Match Technologies, Apple Inc., Warwick Ventures Ltd., Cognitec Systems GmbH, Microsoft Corporation, Omnivision Technologies, Inc., SoftKinetic-Optrima S.A., Eyesight Technologies Ltd., Microchip Technology Inc., Google Inc., Pointgrab Ltd., and Cognivue Corporation.