[CES 2011] PrimeSense is the company developing the hardware powering Kinnect, its Immersive Natural Interaction solutions, will be embedded in WAVI Xtion, a user interface developed by ASUS. WAVI Xtion is a media center software for the PC that allows users to interact with media content in the living room without the need of a controller. Using natural gestures, people can browse the internet, access media content and eventually play games, when developers will get their hands on Xtion PRO, the world’s first PC-exclusive 3D sensing professional development solution.
Xtion PRO is expected to be available in February 2011. Developers will be able to sell their apps in the upcoming Xtion online Store.
WAVI Xtion is scheduled to be commercially available during Q2 2011 and released worldwide in phases.
Wow! that’s great news, we can expect an expansion of the video game market just like when the Wii hit the shelves a few years ago. Since PrimeSense is selling its 3D sensing technology to multiple OEMs, we bet that we will see more of this in the near future! We hope that all PC manufacturers will adopt a standardized solution. PrimeSense recently launched OpenNI (Open Natural Interaction) consortium, a nonprofit organization that aims to accelerate the development of Natural Interaction applications. (http://www.openni.org). OpenNI developed the OpenNI framework which provides an API for coding applications using Natural Interaction. This API enables communication with both low level devices (e.g. vision and audio sensors), as well as high-level middleware solutions (e.g. for visual tracking, using computer vision).