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NEWS: SoftKinetic Announces First Affordable Time-of-Flight Depth-Sensing Camera for Commercial Use


DepthSense™ 311 (DS311) Professional Kit includes 3D/RGB/Audio Camera and Software for Gesture-Based Applications




BRUSSELS – December 20, 2011 – SoftKinetic™, the leading developer of end-to-end gesture recognition solutions, today announced it is releasing the first affordable time-of flight camera for purchase by developers and OEM partners. The DepthSense™ 311 (DS311) camera will be available for $499 USD / unit including shipping, and includes an iisu™ runtime license for distributing content.

The DS311 combines an RGB sensor (VGA), SoftKinetic’s depth sensor (QQVGA) and two microphones. Utilizing the patented DepthSense CMOS chip, the DS311 provides state-of-the art sensitivity and depth resolution. With optimal system performance, developers and OEM partners will be able to utilize the camera for gesture-based applications such as video games, interactive advertising walls, touch- and controller-less user interfaces and other exciting new user experiences, regardless of platform.

The availability of an affordable 3D time-of-flight depth sensing camera, together with the full suite of gesture-based middleware and tools that Softkinetic provides, is a major step to accelerate the adoption of the technology in the consumer and professional markets”, said Michel Tombroff, CEO of Softkinetic. “Application and content developers now have access to a fully integrated, end-to-end solution to design, develop and deploy interactive and intuitive natural user interfaces combining gesture recognition, video and audio features, with a very fast time-to-market.”

We have been working with prototypes of the DS311 and were impressed by the quality of the 3D image and the responsiveness of the sensor,” said Managing Partner Jon Fox of Helios. “The camera can be easily mounted and inserted into our installations and we are looking forward to using it for more and more consumer experiences in the digital signage market. In addition, the support provided by SoftKinetic is second to none, which is the reason why this represents the best solution for us.”

The DS311 development package has been produced in collaboration with Namuga, a strategic partner of SoftKinetic and is available starting today for online order at www.softkinetic.com/store.aspx.

SoftKinetic will demonstrate its new camera and technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), January 10–13, 2012 in the South Hall, Upper Level, Booth 36062. For business appointments, please send a meeting request to events@softkinetic.com For press appointments, please contact Wendy Beasley at TriplePoint, wbeasley@triplepointpr.com

About SoftKinetic

SoftKinetic’s vision is to transform the way people interact with the digital world. SoftKinetic is the leading provider of gesture-based platforms for the consumer electronics and professional markets. The company offers a complete family of 3D imaging and gesture recognition solutions, including patented 3D CMOS time-of-flight sensors and cameras (DepthSense™ family of products, formerly known as Optrima product family), multi-platform and multi-camera 3D gesture recognition middleware and tools (iisu™ family of products) as well as games and applications from SoftKinetic Studios.

With over 8 years of R&D on both hardware and software, SoftKinetic solutions have already been successfully used in the field of interactive digital entertainment, consumer electronics, health care and other professional markets (such as digital signage and medical systems). SoftKinetic, iisu, DepthSense and The Interface Is You are trade names or registered trademarks of SoftKinetic. For more information on SoftKinetic please visit www.softkinetic.com. For videos of SoftKinetic-related products visit SoftKinetic’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/SoftKinetic.


Media Contact:

Wendy Beasley, TriplePoint for SoftKinetic
+1.919.246.5970
wbeasley@triplepointpr.com



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