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Softkinetic gesture-controlled STB brings Kinect-style tech to Nettops

Microsoft’s Kinect is getting a few new rivals here at CES in Las Vegas this week. As well as a camera from Asus, here’s another one keep an eye on: a platform from Softkinetic, which is set to bring gesture controls to all your Intel powered set top boxes under the telly.


Softkinetic has actually been around for years, creating its gesture interface, iisu(“The Interface Is You), which works with depth sensing cameras in a way similar to Kinect on Xbox 360. The difference is, Softkinetic’s platform can now work on Intel Atom CE4100 devices. The CE4100 is a CPU designed with set top boxes and TVs in mind, for decoding video, so that means lots of tellies, Blu-ray players and media streamers could soon sport Kinect-style gesture control.

Softkinetic will be showing off iisu working with an CE4100 setup at CES in Las Vegas when the show proper opens later this week, working in conjunction with one of Optrima’s 3D cameras (pictured), so you can bet we’ll be checking it out, given just how much we love Kinect.

As for timing of consumer devices with the tech built in? A spokesperson for Softkinetic couldn’t be more specific than the latter half of the year, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted about this Kinect rival.


Press Release

Softkinetic Presents Fully Integrated Gesture-Based TV Experience on Intel® Atom™ Processor CE4100 at the Consumer Electronic Show 2011

3D Gesture Recognition Leader to Demonstrate New Consumer Electronics Experience using Optrima 3D camera

BRUSSELS – January 4, 2011 – Softkinetic, the leading 3D gesture recognition software and solution provider, today announced it will reveal a complete new interactive consumer experience utilizing the Intel® Atom™ Processor CE4100 during the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Softkinetic has adapted its iisu™ (“The Interface Is You”) middleware to the Intel® Atom™ Processor CE4100 to enable a natural gesture experience for a wide variety of consumer applications, including interactive television and movie channel navigation, web browsing, video conferencing and gesture-based video games.

“Our strategy is to deliver the best possible natural gesture interaction experience for consumers. We’re very proud to be working with the Intel Digital Home Group to offer personalized, interactive consumer electronics devices based on the Intel processor,” said Michel Tombroff, CEO, Softkinetic. “The CE4100 delivers the necessary extra performance to enable stunning interaction. Gesture recognition offers a highly compelling, intuitive and engaging experience for interactive television entertainment and beyond.”

iisu™ is the de facto standard in gesture recognition middleware, with over seven years of research and development behind its creation, and is open and compatible with all depth-sensing technologies available on the market. The fully integrated TV experience presented at CES is a framework built with consumers in mind: users will be able to interact with their television through natural and simple hand gestures—without the need of a remote control—to navigate TV channels, watch movies, browse the Internet, play games, make video conferences and access their social networks.

“Gesture-based interaction is a very compelling answer to organizing and delivering so much content on the connected TVs in an intuitive ways,” said Mike Tyson, marketing manager at Intel. “As a pioneer and leader in the field of 3D gesture recognition, Softkinetic has reached a major milestone to help make truly interactive TV a reality using the power of Intel CE processors.”
This brand new gesture based TV experience will be powered by the recently announced world’s first time-of-flight consumer 3D/RGB/Audio camera from Optrima, strategic partner to Softkinetic.




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