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NEWS: SoftKinetic Debuts Near Mode Drivers for Gesture Recognition Cameras

DepthSense™ 311 Professional Kit Now Able to Track from 15 centimeters, Enabling Laptop And Tablet Capability

BRUSSELS & LAS VEGAS – January 9, 2012 – SoftKinetic™, the leading developer of end-to-end gesture recognition solutions, today announced that its popular current generation DepthSense™ 311 (DS311) gesture recognition camera solution now includes the ability to track gesture commands as close as 15 centimeters.

The upgraded system will allow highly reliable depth tracking for users, for example tracking user’s hands and face at close range. The SoftKinetic new driver opens the door to near mode application on systems such as laptops and tablet devices. SoftKinetic will be demonstrating this technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), beginning tomorrow, in the South Hall, Upper Level, Booth 36062.

We are pleased to be able to offer the world’s first near mode, depth-sensing camera,” said Michel Tombroff, CEO of SoftKinetic. “We predict that this affordable and powerful technology will open up endless opportunities for implementation and usher in a new era of gesture recognition for laptops, tablets and other personal electronics.

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. All of this will be employed without the customary distance limitations of other camera systems.

The first implementation of the DS311 near mode drivers is now available. Interested developers are encouraged to contact SoftKinetic as soon as possible.

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 For videos of SoftKinetic-related products visit SoftKinetic’s YouTube channel:

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Wendy Beasley, TriplePoint for SoftKinetic

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