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NEWS: SoftKinetic Announces Vice President of North American Operations

Tim Droz to oversee Californian Office as Company Expands Global Reach

BRUSSELS – April 20, 2010 – SoftKinetic, the leading provider of 3D gesture recognition solutions, today named Tim Droz as vice president of North American Operations, leading the company’s expansion into the US and Canada. Tim will oversee the new Sunnyvale, California office as he guides the company into the heart of Silicon Valley. The US headquarters will bolster new business opportunities and boost sales in the rapidly expanding gesture entertainment industry.

Tim Droz was a natural choice to lead our expansion into North America, with his extensive knowledge of the 3D gesture recognition industry,” said Michel Tombroff, chief executive officer, SoftKinetic. “With Tim leading the charge in Sunnyvale, we can jumpstart our U.S. presence and continue to be at the forefront of gesture recognition worldwide.

Tim Droz joins SoftKinetic after a ten-year tenure at 3D sensor manufacturer Canesta, where he was vice president of Platform Engineering and head of the Entertainment Solutions Business Unit. Previously, Tim served as senior director of engineering at Cylink Corporation (now SafeNet) where his team developed and supported the company’s hardware encryption products. Prior to Cylink, Tim led hardware development at, EDJ Enterprises and IBM, concentrating in design and development of network infrastructure products and store-system (point-of-sale) products. Tim earned a BSEE from the University of Virginia and a MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.

SoftKinetic has by far the most promising Time-Of-Flight technology on the market,” said Tim Droz. “I am extremely impressed by the level of maturity of the DepthSense hardware, which perfectly complements iisu, the most advanced gesture recognition middleware available.”

SoftKinetic’s new US Headquarters, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, will oversee sales and marketing, customer engagements and management of SoftKinetic’s strategic partnerships in North America.

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About SoftKinetic S.A.

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 eight years of R&D on both hardware and software, SoftKinetic solutions have already been successful 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 Interface Is You are tradenames or registered trademarks of SoftKinetic. For more information on SoftKinetic please visit For videos of SoftKinetic related products visit SoftKinetic’s YouTube channel:


Wendy Beasley, TriplePoint for SoftKinetic

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