TEDxWaterloo - Vincent John Vincent - Immersive Video Gesture Control





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Published on Apr 7, 2011

Vincent John Vincent is the co-founder & creative force behind GestureTek Inc., the inventors, pioneers and world leaders for over 24 years in video gesture control computing devices. Along with Francis MacDougall they invented and patented "full body immersive virtual reality", in the late 1980s, where the user's image appears on screen and interacts with the surrounding animation. Vincent has been instrumental in running the company, finding new markets, and the creation applications for the technology. Thousands of systems have been used in public video games, entertainment & education environments, as well as rehabilitation. Vincent also used the technology as the world's first VR performer; performing extensively worldwide, from 1986 onward. Technology & patents were licensed to Sony's EyeToy & Move camera systems, and to Microsoft's XBOX Vision & Kinect camera system. In 2000 they invented GestPoint, with 2D & 3D depth cameras, the point and control technology, the inspiration for the movie "Minority Report". In 2001 they invented the GestureFX system that turned any surface (floors, walls, tables, windows) into interactive gesture controlled displays for entertainment & digital signage around the world. From this Illuminate System evolved, the first multi touch system for tables and vertical panels. Today's leading edge innovations are with the 3D depth camera gesture control technology they invented in 2001.

Vincent who holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, was honoured in 2003 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Canadian New Media Awards.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxWaterloo, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxWaterloo event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


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