DepthSense (via SoftKinetic)
SoftKinetic is changing the way we interact with the digital world by bringing us innovative new 3D vision and gesture recognition technology. They are going a few steps further than Microsoft's Kinect. In January, they announced their first 3D recognition camera at the Consumer Electronics show. The sensor used a patented time-of-flight technology to provide us with end-to-end 3D gesture recognition. Recently, they have announced the DepthSense 325 offering a smaller size and increased accuracy. The sensor is small enough to sit in the palm of your hands and can see color objects in high definition 2D and 3D. The new characteristics may allow this technology to be smoothly integrated into consumer technologies such as laptops and TVs.
The DepthSense 325 works by an infrared light which is projected into a room and the sensor measures the time period that it takes to return. The previous model allowed for tracking up to 15 centimeters from it, whereas the 325 allows high quality tracking as close as 10 centimeters from it. This is even closer than the Kinect for Windows. In addition, the camera features two built in microphones for audio input. The high quality finger and hand tracking allows the user easy control over programs such as slide shows or games.
It is the company's announced the free availability of its middleware, iisu 3.5 that truly sets the device apart. The gesture recognition software is conveniently compatible with almost every 3D sensor available. Developers will now have new tools available in their arsenal for innovative new products. The new sensor will be ideal for video conferences and presentations and while providing a more natural feel.