Huawei To Up Its R&D Budget By 20 Percent To $4.5 Billion To Develop ‘Disruptive Technology’

Posted on Apr 28 2012 - 4:59am by Editorial Staff

IDG News reports that Huawei is in full plan to up its 2012 R&D budget by about 20 percent to $4.5 billion in order to bring “disruptive technology” to the marketplace. “We are focused on disruptive technology and taking interesting ideas and turning them into something exciting,” said John Roese, general manager for Huawei’s North American research and develop center. Roese manages a research and development staff of 1,000 employees in North America, and was a former CTO for Nortel. “What if you use the camera of a tablet or a smartphone and use it to capture the visualization of your hands,” he said. “So imagine instead of touching a smartphone, you can actually have a three-dimensional interaction with it.”

Touchscreen smartphones and tablets currently allow for the use of several fingers to issue certain commands when pressed on the display. But users only have five fingers on a hand, limiting the number of commands that can be made, Roese said. Using hand gestures, however, would allow users to more easily bring objects forward, push them back or rotate them within the smartphone’s graphical user interface, he said. Once such innovation teased by John Roese, Huawei’s general manager for its North American R&D center, was the concept of a smartphone that recognized gestures without the user having to touch the device.

As Roese said, “What if you use the camera of a tablet or a smartphone and use it to capture the visualization of your hands? So imagine instead of touching a smartphone, you can actually have a three-dimensional interaction with it.” Roese also detailed some of the technical requirements behind such a system, noting that such a device will need powerful graphics processing and dual front-facing cameras. The company’s partnering with CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and using its cloud storage system to hod and process 15,360TB of data. In regards to this new storage partnership, Roese said “it literally could change the economics of storage by an order of a magnitude.” There is still official confirmation to come yet confirming that what the information rolling over the internet is correct or not.

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