BRUSSELS, Belgium - December 7, 2009
Softkinetic, the leading 3D gesture recognition software provider, today announced the support of Panasonic’s time-of-flight 3D image sensor in its iisu™ 3D gesture recognition software platform. The partnership is specifically aimed at the out-of-home digital industries that are increasingly embracing gesture recognition technology.
Based on the input from the Panasonic 3D image sensor, developers can utilize the rich set of tools in the iisu™ Software Development Kit (SDK) to create applications that allow the human body to become the natural input device.
"Softkinetic’s touchless interface technology has been successfully implemented by innovating companies in health, digital signage and interactive marketing projects over the last 18 months," said Eric Krzeslo, CSO of Softkinetic. "We are pleased to offer developers of 3D imaging applications the possibility to use our standard software development kit with Panasonic’s new 3D Image sensor."
Softkinetic’s iisu™ insulates application developers from the low-level technicalities of the 3D depth sensing cameras and it enables precise, real-time tracking of users’ body parts and gestures.
"The new 3D Image Sensor is the result of years of development and improvements at Panasonic that led to our background light suppression technology. Panasonic’s sensor has very competitive specifications, and is perfectly fit for all the out-of-home digital applications," said Mr. Yuji Takada, General Manager, Research&Development Center at Panasonic Electric Works. "We are confident that our collaboration with Softkinetic will help both companies’ users to enhance the capacities of our sensor at their maximum."
Since its launch in February 2008 iisu™ has revolutionized the way people interact with the digital world and the latest iteration features full skeleton extraction, extended multi-user tracking, improved developer tools and much more.
Softkinetic is the leading provider of natural interfaces that transform the way people interact with the digital world. Softkinetic enables a fully immersive, transparent and intuitive user experience by providing a 3D real-time gesture recognition middleware to interactive digital entertainment, consumer electronics, health care and serious games companies. Softkinetic, iisu, and Interface Is You are trademarks or registered trademarks of Softkinetic S.A. For more information on Softkinetic please visit http://www.softkinetic.net
About Panasonic Electric Works
Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd. (PEW, formerly Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.) traces its roots to the company started in 1918 by its founder Konosuke Matsushita. This forerunner of PEW started out by producing an enhanced attachment plug. Thereafter, it expanded the scope of its business beyond wiring products to include lighting products, information equipment, home appliances, building products, electronic materials, and automation controls, all of which showcase PEW's technological strengths. Through those businesses, PEW has been providing total solutions for comfortable living environments. Since April 2004, collaborative business ties have been pursued with Panasonic Corporation, formerly Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., to develop businesses providing comfortable living and propose more of these solutions. 2008 marked the company's 90th anniversary and its name changed from Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. to Panasonic Electric Works, Ltd., unifying all brands under the Panasonic name in Japan and overseas at the same time.
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Eugene Oh, TriplePoint for Softkinetic
Ben Karl, TriplePoint for Softkinetic