Orbbec co-founder and ‘NUI Nerd’ Joshua Blake wants to reinvent human-computer interactions

Joshua Blake, Orbec with his NUI (natural user interface) nerd license plate. Orbbec co-founder Joshua Blake seems pretty certain there’s about to be sea change in the way humans communicate with computers.The Edmonds, Wash.-resident has been focusing on that interaction since the first time he tried to build a piece of artificial intelligence software at age 11. Today he’s the vice president of engineering at a company that thinks it has found the next big thing in 3D cameras. Seattle-based Orbbec recently launched the Persee, a small device that works like a Microsoft Kinect with a built-in computer. The camera has the ability to sense depth and can be used to do things like track your cat’s movements, make 3D copies of objects or change slides during a presentation with hand gestures. More importantly, though, Blake thinks the…


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