Ramona speaks with Vincent John Vincent, the CEO of Gesturtek, and an award winning pioneer of gesture-based computing. As someone who has spent his career making technology “invisible” all around us, he talks about how technology is changing our environment.
Over 30 years ago, Vincent John Vincent embarked on a diverse and dynamic career at the edge of technology and creativity. This career has spanned the realms of being a world renowned, leading hi-tech entrepreneur; an inventor and pioneer of video gesture control technology; a leading multi-media artist and performer; a high-tech event producer; and a sought after speaker.
Today, he is the president and co-founder of GestureTek Inc., the company that invented, patented, pioneered, and evangelized the power of video gesture control technology with both standard 2D Cameras and 3D depth cameras, around the world, over the last 25+ years. GestureTek has over 16+ patents, and is the world leader in video gesture control. They have installed, or sold, well over 5,000 systems involving various applications of this technology in public installations, and they have licensed the technology IP out for home PCs, laptops and tablets; game consoles; toys; mobile phones, and other electronic devices. Well over 100 million consumers have purchased the technology that the team at GestureTek created.
His career began at the University of Waterloo in the early 80s, where he was pursuing a career in psychotherapy, using the creative arts as a therapeutic tool. He teamed with computer programmer Francis MacDougall to design a system by which users could be immersed in “virtual dreamscapes.” By 1991 this Immersive Full Body Gesture Control World would emerge, and become known as the Gesture Xtreme Virtual World System. Initially released for Amiga platforms, it migrated to PCs in 1993. The system was eventually used to create the “world’s first interactive virtual (TV production) set” and host the “world’s first interactive immersive virtual video conferencing” session.
GestureTek then went on to develop camera technologies for interacting with computers via gestures made at a distance.
Vincent and Francis have been honoured with many awards, from Popular Science’s Top 100 Technologies of the Year in the late 1980’s to multiple American innovation conference awards, to the Most Prestigious Mobile Technology Award at MWC in Barcelona. Vincent, who holds bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Waterloo, was honoured in 2003 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Canadian New Media Awards. He was honoured in Milan with the Multi-Media Guru Award.
- Vincent on Twitter
Bio content from www.vjvincent.com