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Site visit to Gesturetek

  • 08 Jun 2011
  • 7:00 PM
  • 317 Adelaide St. West, Suite 903 @ Peter St.


  • RSVP free to all active ToRCHI members
Host/Presenter: Vincent John Vincent is the co-founder & creative force behind GestureTek Inc., the inventors, pioneers & world leaders for 25+ years in video gesture control computing. He & Francis MacDougall invented/patented “full body immersive virtual reality”, in the late 1980s, where the user’s real-time image appears on screen & interacts with the virtual objects (Gesture Xtreme). He has been instrumental in running the company, finding new markets, & creating applications. Thousands of systems have been used in public engagement & education, as well as rehabilitation (IREX). Technology/Patents were licensed to Sony’s EyeToy; Microsoft’s XBOX Vision/Kinect cameras, etc. Vincent was the world’s first VR performer; performing worldwide from 1986 onward. In 1999 GestureTek invented GestureFX which turned any surface (floors, walls, tables, windows) into interactive gesture controlled displays. From this evolved Illuminate Multitouch tables/vertical panels. In 2000 they invented GestPoint, with 2D/3D depth cameras, for 3D gesturing to point & control content on any display, at any distance.

Vincent, with a U of Waterloo Psychology BA, was honored in 2003 with a Canadian New Media Lifetime Achievement Award. He’s co-produced many shows highlighting VR Technology; e.g. Virtual Visionary Speaker & Performance Series (1993) & the International Digital Media Awards (1994).
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