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3D Cameras in Softkinetics-Intel Deal

SoftKinetic (Brussels, Belgium) has teamed up with Intel to enable “perceptual computing,” or using more senses than usual to interact with computers. To that end, it is providing a 3D gesture-recognition camera for Intel to integrate into its collection of perceptual computing technologies by the end of next year.

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SoftKinetic is building what it calls the world’s smallest gesture-recognition 3D camera, based on time-of-flight technology (kind of a Kinect-like device), where it maps a room in three dimensions by sending out signals into the space and measuring how long it takes them to bounce back.

SoftKinetic showed the tiny camera off in an ultrabook computer at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. The depth cameras are expected to debut in the second half of 2014. Visit Softkinetic for the last info.

Included in the Development Kit

Intel will license technology from SofKinetic, including the Iisu middleware for close-range gesture tracking. Intel will include the SoftKinectic technology in the Perceptual Computing Software Development Kit, which will make it easy for computer makers to integrate perceptual computing into their PCs, notebooks, desktops and other devices. 

Read more at venturebeat.