Jan.9, 2014

This week, SoftKinetic, the gesture and object recognition company announced a few strategic partnerships with leading 3D technology companies, who are using SoftKinetic cameras and the company's iisu middleware to design innovative solutions such as wearable computing, 3D printing and scanning and augmented reality solutions for the home.

Brussels, Belgium-based SoftKinetic makes gesture-control cameras and software, much like the elements used in Microsoft's Kinect motion-sensing system for the Xbox 360 game console. SoftKinetic's technology includes SoftKinetic's DepthSense camera that can detect finger movements while the company's software takes the data from those gestures and simplifies it for a computer to process into specific operator controls. SoftKinetic can detect gestures as close as six inches away from the screen while Microsoft's tech currently detects movement around eight-to-10 feet away or so.

SoftKinetic is featured in products such as the Intel Perceptual Computing Software Development Kit (SDK), Texas Instruments Time-of-Flight Sensors, NVIDIA Tegra 4 platform, Delphi In-Vehicle Infotainment solution and the Sony PlayStation 4.


3D printing company Stratasys' subsidiary, MakerBot announced Monday at CES 2014 that it has entered into a strategic partnership with SoftKinetic. The exclusive relationship between MakerBot and SoftKinetic is focused on the development of next generation 3D cameras based on SoftKinetic's technology for inclusion in future MakerBot 3D scanning products.

The partnership is mutually beneficial as MakerBot would be able to expand its 3D Ecosystem and 3D Printing Platform leveraging Softkinetic's 3D solutions. On the other hand, This strategic partnership is also expected help SoftKinetic enhance its 3D camera technology for 3D scanning. Moreover, SoftKinetic's DepthSense 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) depth capture technology complements MakerBot's Scanners and Desktop 3D Printers.


Another company, Swedish startup Volumental, today announced a partnership with SoftKinetic to provide the world's first cloud-based 3D scanner using future SoftKinetic depth sense cameras. The service will be available later in 2014.

Volumental's online service works with standard depth cameras and will now be optimized to work with future versions of SoftKinetic's DS325, making high quality 3D scanning accessible to more users.

SoftKinetic's recent partnerships also include Personify, Ayotle and KeyLemon. Personify is using SoftKinetic's DepthSense 325 camera to help bridge the gap in remote communication through seamlessly combining the user with content displayed as background, for a more natural video conference experience. SoftKinetic is working with Ayotle to transform any object - no matter its size or surface - into a tactile, interactive surface. In addition, SoftKinetic and KeyLemon have collaborated on an advanced authentication solution based on 3D facial identification for PC and Enterprise.

In the video below, SoftKinetic's Chief Marketing Officer Eric Krzeslo explains to Anna Kaziunas Franceof Make about time-of-flight scanning.


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