OMRON Releases Hand Gesture Recognition Software with Improved Hand Shape Recognition Accuracy


Kyoto, Japan -- OMRON Corporation (TOKYO: 6645, ADR: OMRNY) today launched "Hand Gesture V2," new image sensing software that allows users to interact with machines in a natural manner. With a wider range of recognizable angles -- ±30 degrees left-right and ±20 degrees up-down -- OMRON's new software enables users to manipulate machines using more natural types of hand gestures. "Hand Gesture V2" also includes a new fingertip position detection function, enabling it to also recognize a user's hand gestures for mouse pointer movements.

OMRON's "Hand Gesture V2" will be unveiled at CEATEC JAPAN 2013 to be held October 1-5 at the Makuhari Messe fair site. In addition to the display of this new product at the OMRON Booth, OMRON will also hold a new technology and new products seminar entitled "Gesture Recognition Technology and Its Applications" at Exhibition Hall 3 of the CEATEC venue beginning at 3:30 pm on October 2.

OMRON has been involved with technology developments for its "OKAO Vision" since 1995. This facial image sensing technology is capable of detecting various kinds of information from facial images, and is one of OMRON's core technologies. The developments to date have enabled such functions as face detection, face recognition, smile degree estimation, estimation of gaze direction, detection of the degree of mouth or eye opening, and estimation of age and gender. These developments led to the employment of "OKAO Vision" for the auto-focus function of digital cameras and smartphones, as well as the skin beautification function of printers, image management for personal computers, and many other applications.

By drawing on the technologies it has accumulated through its "OKAO Vision," OMRON's hand gesture recognition enables high-speed recognition while requiring only a small amount of memory. In recent years, gesture recognition has been attracting a great deal of attention as a natural human-machine interface. The technology allows users to control or manipulate devices in a more natural manner, such as operating a TV set by hand movements or releasing the shutter of a camera via a V-sign.

OMRON will further advance its image sensing technology for detecting faces and recognizing human movements, aiming to create technology to correctly interpret the intentions of users, such as judging what they are trying to do through the analysis of gestures.


  1. Placing a hand in front of the camera lens starts gesture recognition automatically.
  2. Hand or finger position, shape and movements can be recognized simultaneously.
  3. Hand gesture detection ranges from very near (about 10cm) to far (several meters).
  4. High-speed recognition is enabled on smartphones and tablets.
  5. Small program size makes it possible to embed the technology in a diverse range of devices.
  6. No special device is necessary as the software works with a conventional web camera.


Detectable hand image size 60 pixels or higher
Recognizable hand shapes 0 to 5 finger poses
Recognizable angles ±30 deg. left-right, ±20 deg. up-down
Recognition speed 30 ms or shorter (CPU: 1 GHz equivalent)
Memory size ROM: 180 KB, RAM: 870 KB
Compatible operating systems Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, etc.

* Specifications are subject to change without notice.

  • OKAO Vision and OKAO are registered trademarks or trademarks of OMRON Corporation in Japan and other countries.
  • Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
  • Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
  • Other product and service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of respective owners.

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Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation. Established in 1933, and headed by President Yoshihito Yamada, OMRON has more than 36,000 employees in over 35 countries working to provide products and services to customers in a variety of fields including industrial automation, electronic components, social systems, and healthcare. The company has five regional head offices in Kyoto (Japan), Singapore (Asia Pacific), Shanghai (Greater China), Amsterdam (Europe, Africa, and the Middle East), and Chicago (the Americas).
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