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NEWS: ASUS Selects SoftKinetic Studios’ DanceWall™ for the Launch of the Xtion Wavi


Gesture-based Video Game Combines Music, Rhythm, Fun and Exercise for the Entire Family




TAIPEI - BRUSSELS– May 31, 2011 –ASUSTek Computer Inc. (Asus group), the leading digital entertainment products and online services provider, and Softkinetic Studios, the leading provider of gesture based interactive entertainment experiences, today announced that Asus has selected SoftKinetic Studios’ gesture-recognition game DanceWall to be featured as a bundled title with the launch of the WAVI Xtion.

The WAVI Xtion has been designed to provide the most intuitive living room experience, allowing end users to remotely control their PC and turn it into a entertainment center on TV. The WAVI Xtion will provide unique, 3D gesture-based multimedia, web browsing, and gaming entertainment content to families. The product launch is scheduled Q3 2011.

We’re delighted to work with SoftKinetic for both their unique expertise on gesture-based entertainment. Their contribution through the bundle of DanceWall to our innovative media center product should be impactful,” said Emma Chu, Deputy Section Manager, Multimedia Business Unit of ASUS. “DanceWall is a perfect title to provide an exciting 3D gesture-recognition entertainment for families and friends.

In DanceWall the goal for players is to achieve the highest score possible by successfully maneuvering their onscreen avatar to fit through cutout shapes, holes, in approaching walls. Players control avatars’ movements by their own in-room movements, and can conform the avatar to any shape players make with their body. DanceWall can be played alone, or as a team of two players. DanceWall, developed in collaboration between SoftKinetic Studios and Orange Vallée, is powered by SoftKinetic’s gesture-recognition middleware, iisu™.

We are excited to be part of the launch of the WAVI Xtion,” said Mike Nichols, Vice President and General manager of SoftKinetic Studios. “The WAVI Xtion product is truly ground breaking and pushes the current boundaries of gesture based products, and we are proud that DanceWall has been selected by Asus for its launch.

SoftKinetic Studios uses the iisu middleware, which is fully compatible with the WAVI Xtion. The use of the iisu middleware allows the growing SoftKinetic developer community to bring their products to market easily through the WAVI Xtion, and allows Asus to ensure a long term and viable middleware solution, as iisu is compatible with all 3D sensor technology on the market.

About Softkinetic Studios

SoftKinetic Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftKinetic, is a collection of highly skilled, experienced game developers building the next generation of interactive entertainment using gesture recognition. Officially formed in September of 2009, the SoftKinetic Studios team has been creating several games and serious games projects, while developing a platform independent Engine and toolset designed specifically for creating full-body, gesture-based entertainment.

SoftKinetic, SoftKinetic Studios, iisu, DepthSense and Interface Is You are tradenames or registered trademarks of SoftKinetic. For more information on SoftKinetic Studios, please visit www.softkinetic-studios.com, for more information on SoftKinetic, visit www.softkinetic.com. For videos of SoftKinetic related products visit SoftKinetic’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/SoftKinetic

About Asus

ASUS, the world’s top 3 consumer notebook vendor and the maker of the world’s best selling and most award winning motherboards, is a leading enterprise in the new digital era. ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today's digital home, office and person, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, displays, desktop PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia, wireless solutions, networking devices and mobile phones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 3,398 awards in 2010, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PC™. With a global staff of more than ten thousand people and a world-class R&D team of 3,000 engineers, the company's revenue for 2010 was around US$10.1 billion.

Press contacts

For SoftKinetic
Wendy Beasley, TriplePoint
+1 919 246 5970 wbeasley@triplepointpr.com

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