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ICONIC INSIGHTS: In conversation with Hanns Windele A gesture to the future Based in Israel, Inuitive is a natural user interface (NUI) semiconductor start-up created by communications entrepreneur Shlomo Gadot. Hanns Windele of Mentor Graphics finds out what the future holds for the developing gesture interpretation market. Hanns Windele (HW): You’ve been working with start-up companies in the electronics sector for three decades now. What gave you the idea to go into NUI? Shlomo Gadot: Well, I needed to do something that was not in communications, because I could see that, due to of the maturity level of the technology, there was not much new that I could bring to that area. So I said ‘let’s change.’ I then tried to consider what would be the next Big Thing in a completely new area for me, where I could learn much more than just continuing in comms. At AT&T Labs, I was in the first group in the world to do ADSL and in my first year I learned so much. It was the best and most exciting year in my career. And I wanted to have that learning experience again. In NUI even most of the technology now exists – maybe it is not in the right place yet – but it is time to make the real change. HW: Where are Inuitive’s products on the maturity curve? SG: The main market of natural user interface is progressing, but not yet in volume. Some vertical sectors have reached maturity, such as home surveillance for the elderly, 3D scanning, security, edutainment. These verticals will bridge the gap between early adopters and allowing the NUI idea to become mainstream. Where are we on this curve? We are following the pathway where people still need to be convinced and where ‘When you are trying to get people to change their habits, the process can take a long time…’ they are still hesitating. My experience is that when you are trying to get people to change their habits, the process can take a long time. But I think that people like the idea that we bring a holistic approach to NUI. HW: What’s the first product you are releasing? SG: We are developing a chip for the NUI market, which is just about to launch. This chip will be able to serve two segments of the market. First there is the personal space: PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone. Second there is the living space, which is TV and home. The only difference between the two is in the optics. This chip was built as a co-processor to the main processors and will create a depth map (3D image) for both segments from two aligned HD sensors. It also includes a computer vision processor to deal with NUI functions such as face recognition, eye-gazing, hand and finger tracking, voice recognition, and many more. HW: Would you say that the acceptance level of NUI follows HANNS WINDELE is Vice President, Europe and India at Mentor Graphics. www.mentor.com FOR FURTHER DETAILS about Inuitive visit www.inuitive-tech.com QUICKFIRE QUESTIONS with Shlomo Gadot How do you relax? By walking along the shore, hiking, gardening and reading. What was the last non-work related book you read? I tend to read scientists’ biographies. But I also like Vikram Seth’s Equal Music or A Suitable Boy. Do you own your mobile phone, or does it own you? I discipline myself to turn it off and I don’t take it into the garden. What technology are you nostalgic for? Mainframe computers that have less computing power than your phone. What did you want to be when you were younger? I was planning to be a medical doctor. If you won $5 million on the lottery would you stop work? I won the lottery when I sold my companies, and I kept working. Who would you share a prison cell with? Ghandi. The Middle East would be a different place today if we had someone like him. Of which company, outside of the tech-world, would you like to be CEO? I would like to be mayor of my city. What sports do you follow? Israeli basketball and Barcelona football club. 16 Electronic Engineering Times Europe July/August 2014 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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