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SoftKinetic Brings Motion Control Tech To China's iSec Console

Lenovo-backed Eedoo announced today that its upcoming China-exclusive iSec console will come packaged with DepthSense motion-sensing technology and a pack-in game, both provided by SoftKinetic.
Lenovo-backed Eedoo announced today that its upcoming, China-exclusive iSec console will come packaged with DepthSense motion-sensing technology and a pack-in game, both provided by motion gaming specialists SoftKinetic. Eedoo said it was "very impressed by SoftKinetic’s 3D gesture-recognition technologies and found that it was a very good solution to support our iSec platform, in terms of cost and performance." The DepthSense 3D camera system, which uses hardware provided by Namuga Ltd., detects players' bodies in three-dimensional space, much like Microsoft's multi-million selling Kinect. While the Kinect uses structured light to detect player depth and position, however, SoftKinetic uses a slightly different optical principle known as time-of-flight. When combined with patented "Current Assisted Photonic Demodulation" technology, SoftKinetic says its system "can track your fingers and precise hand-movements" and comes in "at competitive cost, with very high efficiency, high quality and limited noise, compared with other 3D camera technologies." Eedoo has yet to reveal a precise price or release date for the iSec, formerly known as "eBox." "Eedoo's vision is perfectly aligned with our strategy to bring 3D gesture-based applications and content to the largest possible audience," SoftKinetic preisdent Andre Miodezky said in a statement. In addition, SoftKinetic Studios will be developing DanceWall as a pack-in title for the iSec hardware. The game tasks players with maneuvering their body to fit through holes in approaching walls, much like the popular Japanese (and later international) game show Brain Wall. "DanceWall is a perfect title to demonstrate our goal of providing the most exciting 3D gesture-recognition entertainment for families and friends across the whole of China,” said Eedoo CEO Jack Luo. Eedoo says it sees a potential market of 120 million homes for the iSec, which is planned to launch exclusively in China in the second half of the year. The company said it will consider a release in other territories after selling one million systems in China.

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