First there was Wii, then came PS Move and Kinect. More than revolutionising how people play games (using gestures), these technologies have just given console fanboys another point to strengthen their case. Since then PC users have been wondering when they will get to stand in front of their LCDs and jump up and down like monkeys.
[RELATED_ARTICLE]Just at a time when we were planning to have a build-your-own-webcam-Kinect, comes news that the same guys who brought us the technology behind Kinect (PrimeSense) are now teaming up with none other than Asus to create a controller-free experience for Windows-based PCs.
The platform christened Xtion Pro, will be showcased this week at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. The ASUS WAVI Xtion device will use ultra-wide band wireless link and PrimeSense 3D sensing solution to bring controller free interaction to the PC and hey, why not motion based gaming too? It may have other applications too. As a media center device it’s not hard to imagine using a flick of the hand to change a channel instead of fiddling around with wire-less keyboards or mice.
To support the ecosystem, Asus is also planning to open up the 3D Sensing Development platform to allow devs to create their own gesture-based apps and software.