Gesture Recognition Market Report

Gesture Recognition Market Analysis By Technology (Touch-based, Touchless), By Industry (Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Healthcare), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Nov, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-019-4
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 101

Industry Insights

The global gesture recognition market size was valued at USD 5.83 billion in 2016, owing to the increasing per capita income, technological advancement and increasing digitization across various industries such as automotive, consumer electronics, healthcare and many others. Rising use of consumer electronics, Internet of Things (IoT), increasing need for comfort & convenience in product usage is also driving the market.

China gesture recognition market

Gesture recognition is the conversion of a hominid movement or gesture using a mathematical algorithm and enables any person to interrelate with the machine in the absence of any physical devices, as an input mechanism to perform desired actions in a system. The technology co-relates human gestures and movements, such as movement of hands, fingers, arms, head or an entire body. It allows the user to operate and control devices merely with their movements. For instance, moving the cursor just by pointing a finger. This makes input devices such as touch-screens, keyboards, and mouse redundant. Gesture recognition technology has improved the usability of several devices and has occasioned in the progression of many innovative applications in various industries.

Hand gesture recognition is one of the advanced research fields which provides a way for human-machine interaction. Hand gesture recognition offers an intelligent method for human-computer interaction (HCI). Its application ranges from medical rehabilitation to consumer electronics control. Different types of sensing techniques are used to identify various hand gestures. The sensing techniques are used to obtain multiple signals for the pattern recognition. Different kinds of prototypes developed are easy to use and understand, and it is more cost-effective than the traditional interface devices such as the keyboard and the mouse. Hand gestures are very expressive with the purpose of interacting with the environment or communicating any information.

The high competition is leading to a large number of mergers and acquisitions in the industry. For instance, Intel Corp. acquired Omek Interactive Ltd. The key players in the market include Apple, Intel, Microsoft, and Google. Along with global giants, the homegrown players are also showing tremendous growth and attracting big investors. This scenario has taken the competition to a whole different level.

Industry Insights

Increasing digitization across various industries is driving the market. Ease of adoption due to low technical complexity for end users has made consumer electronics industry to gain highest market share. Many other industries also started using this technology. For instance, automotive industry, healthcare industry rigorously adopted to gesture recognition technology. This technology helps user to interact with computers and other devices with ease and enhances human-machine interaction. It is also useful for physically disabled people in order to operate devices.

Rising use of consumer electronics, Internet of Things, increasing need for comfort & convenience in product usage is driving the market. The technological advancement and ease of use have gained gesture recognition technology global acceptance. The increase in awareness about regulations and driver safety has increased the demand for gesture recognition systems in the automobile industry. Similarly, increasing customer fondness for application based technologies helping this market to grow.

Manufacturers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are focusing on improving user experience while driving so they are trying to reduce driver distraction factors with the help of gesture recognition technology. Increasing digitization across various industries is forcing manufacturers to adopt innovative techniques in order to attract a large customer base.

Technology Insights

The gesture recognition technology tracks users’ movements and gestures and determines and perform using various tools. Variety of input devices are used to recognize gestures with the help of images or videos. Similarly, multiple technical environments are used to implement these gestures.

Gesture recognition market

Emerging technologies such as ultrasonic, image sensors, 3D technologies, interactive, display capacitive sensors, electric field and infrared are primarily used in various applications such smartphones, biometric access, Head-Up Display (HUD), medical diagnosis and others. Healthcare and automotive applications are anticipated to drive the market in the near future. Whereas, 3G technologies and gesture tracking are seeking a high share in the current market. Also, benefits such as portability, easy interface, speed and high accuracy are expected to bring technological changes in tablets and smartphones.

Gesture recognition technology processes the information conveyed by humans through gesture or speech. The computer can identify various types of gestures. Single language recognition technology transcribes sign language symbols into text. Field of robotics uses directional indication through pointing. The direction in which user is pointing helps to process and interpret gestures with accuracy. The new technology allows users to control their smart phones and computers through facial gestures. Affective computing is used to process and detect emotional expressions of users.

Regional Insights

Regarding revenue, the Asia Pacific region dominated the industry in 2016 and is expected to remain dominant over the forecast period. This region accounts for a high percentage of the global population, and Chinese & Indian economies are one fastest growing economies of the world. Increasing disposable income and growing industrial digitization are driving the market in this region.

MEA and South America regions are expected to grow at a higher rate during the forecast period. MEA region has a dynamic young population with one of the highest global per capita income. Rapid rise in the standard of living increased spending capacity and awareness towards healthcare and sanitization are helping the market to grow within the emerging markets like Middle East and Africa.

North America and Europe regions are anticipated to witness steady growth over the forecast period. Gesture recognition in automotive and healthcare industry is expected to bloom in this region. Similarly, 2D and 3D gesture recognition technology is expected to deliver more realistic and interactive exposer to the customer experience.

Competitive Insights

A few of the major industry players include Apple Inc. (U.S.), eyeSight Technologies Ltd (Israel), and Infineon Technologies AG (Germany). These players are involved in strategies such as partnerships, business expansions, new product developments, and contracts to expand their market share.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Japan, China, India, and Brazil

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the gesture recognition market into technology, industry and region:

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Touch-based

      • Multi-Touch System

      • Motion Gesture

    • Touchless

      • Capacitive/Electric Field

      • Infrared Array

      • Ultrasonic Technology

      • 2D Camera-Based Technology

      • 3D Vision Technologies

  • Industry Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Automotive

      • Lighting System

      • HUD

      • Biometric Access

      • Others

    • Consumer Electronics

      • Smartphone

      • Laptops & Tablets

      • Gaming Console

      • Smart TV

      • Set-Top Box

      • Head-Mount Display (HMD)

      • Others

    • Healthcare

      • Sign Language

      • Lab & Operating Rooms

      • Diagnosis

    • Others

      • Advertisement & Communication

      • Hospitality

      • Educational Hubs

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East and Africa (MEA)

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