Microsoft's Xbox Live Vision Camera launched in the US on September 19th and in Europe and Australia on the 6th of October. The unit, which can is capable of 640x480 video at 30 frames per second, and can take 1.3 megapixel still photos, uses an SDK and gesture sensing technology licensed from computer camera technology company GestureTek, Inc..
The company has been working in the field for over 15 years now, and have previously licensed technology to companies like Hasbro and BMW, and as well as licensing Video Gesture Control patents for Sony's EyeToy unit. The technology is also used in the Vision Camera, with GestureTek releasing a library of VGC tools to Xbox developers in the hope that more sophisticated uses of gesture control will emerge in the future.
Gamasutra contacted Chief Technology Officer and company co-founder Francis MacDougall via email to ask about the camera, and GestureTek's hopes in regards to its usage.