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JDSU Provides Core Technology for Gesture-Based Home Entertainment and Computing

Date Announced: 14 Jul 2010

Near-IR light source and optical coatings are central to new motion-recognition technology under development at Microsoft and elsewhere.

Milpitas, Calif., July 13, 2010 –JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU and TSX: JDU) today announced that it is providing leading optical technology for gesture recognition systems that let a person control technology with natural body gestures instead of using a remote, mouse or other device. Emerging gesture recognition systems simplify the way that people interact with technology, and are first being used in applications for home entertainment and computing.

PrimeSense, a leading technology provider that incorporates JDSU optical technology into its gesture recognition platform, teamed up with JDSU for the next segment of “JDSU from a Different View,” a campaign designed to showcase the far-reaching impact of the company’s innovative technology. The latest segment on http://www.jdsu.tv/ explains gesture recognition technology and its potential impact on consumers and businesses.

“Gesture recognition requires that technology adapt more naturally to a person’s gestures, instead of making a person adapt to technology by learning a special skill set,” said David Dahan, COO of PrimeSense.

“Gesture recognition is revolutionary because it means that people no longer need to be physically linked to a device to control technology,” said Alan Lowe, president of Communications and Commercial Optical Products at JDSU. “JDSU is excited to be part of an emerging technology trend that will provide a whole new freedom to the way that people communicate and interact with their electronic environment.”

How Gesture Recognition Technology Works
JDSU near-infrared light source technology and optical coatings are integrated into gesture recognition platforms, such as a 3D sensor or set top box, to detect and extract external information from a person’s movements. The information is then mapped into a 3D image, and incorporated into the system so that a person can easily manipulate an application.

Examples include a gamer’s movements being tracked and translated within a video game, or a person in a living room using a hand gesture in front of TV to pull up a movie or a web site.

JDSU light source technology and optical coatings have been used for decades in a wide variety of markets, such as the telecommunications and aerospace industries, due to their high performance and reliability. JDSU manufactures both optical technologies in high volumes that support the quantities and cost points required for commercial markets, making them ideal for gesture recognition systems.


Noël Bilodeau
+1 408-546-4567

E-mail: noel.bilodeau@jdsu.com

Web Site: www.jdsu.com

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