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Canesta announced its collaboration with Hitachi to create a television that can be controlled by open-air hand gestures, rather than by the familiar hand-held remote control. The prototype, which uses a tiny Canesta 3D sensor for gesture recognition and a Hitachi TV can be controlled at distances up to 3 meters (9.8 feet) by simple hand gestures. For example, a rapid wave will power up the set, and a circular motion will change either the video source or the channel. The technology can also discriminate between single- and two-hand gestures, providing additional command options. Because of the underlying Canesta 3D sensor's immunity to extremes in room lighting or décor, the interface can work both in and out doors. "The touchless, gesture-based interface is one of the most exciting projects that the Hitachi Consumer Business Group has worked on in some time," said ... (more)

SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference - Virtualization Technology Providers to Compete for "Best of Show Awards"

What is virtualization and how can it benefit my business? What are the different types of virtualization? What are the cost benefits? Why is it "greener"? What important terminology do I need to know? What kinds of challenges does virtualization present? Above all what should I look for in a virtualization solution and what's being deployed right now that I ought to know about and consider? On November 19-21, in the San Jose Fairmont Hotel, California, Virtualization Conference & Expo 2008 West delegates will have the opportunity not only to find answers to these questions, but ... (more)

Microsoft Stock Soars As Company Reports 23% Profit Gain

Reporting its strongest fiscal Q1 for seven years, Microsoft yesterday declared that for the quarter ended September 30 it had revenue of $13.76BN compared to just $10.81BN a year ago, with a whopping 23% increase in net income ($4.29BN compared to $3.48BN a year ago). Looking ahead to the holiday sales season, Microsoft said it expects to report revenue in the range of $15.6-$16.1BN for its second fiscal quarter, which ends December 31. Stock soared by more than 10% yesterday on the Nasdaq as a result. The company's various divisions all contributed to the success: sales of the ... (more)

AMD Scores Perception Points

AMD's side - probably its Washington lobbyists - got the New York Times to run with a story - on Monday's front page, mind you, above the fold - about how the head of the Federal Trade Commission Deborah Majoras, who's got control of the button, won't elevate the agency's review of Intel to a formal investigation complete with subpoena powers and all - despite pressure from AMD, two New York legislators and two of her own fellow commissioners - and nobody knows why. The story was picked up by simply everyone. Of course we'll have to take it on faith that the Times knows for absolu... (more)

EMC CTO Jeff Nick Keynotes SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference & Expo

How can IT companies manage the information explosion? The confluence of several mature architectural paradigms with new user-centric paradigms will drive the next generation of IT, which will be based on the combination of model-driven architecture and service-oriented architecture applied to applications, information delivery, and IT resources. The agility gained in IT infrastructure coupled with highly configurable, lightweight, "last mile" visualization technologies will dramatically increase the relevance and reactivity of IT to the business. In his keynote presentation, Jef... (more)