SoftKinetic Reveals for the First Time its 3D Vision Technology for Augmented Reality Mobile Platforms and Robotics Systems at CES 2015
Time of Flight Technology Allows Users to Easily Interact with the World around Them in Both Short and Long Range Environments
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumer Electronics Show - SoftKinetic®, the world's leading provider of 3D vision technology, today announced that the company is entering the Augmented Reality (AR) for Mobile Platforms market along with new Robotics implementations, allowing users to interact in 3D with devices in both short range and long range environments. The company will demonstrate SoftKinetic's DepthSense® 3D Time of Flight (ToF) camera for the first time - which uses the Qualcomm® Vuforia™ mobile vision platform, a product of Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. - at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 6-9, 2015 in the main Qualcomm® booth 8252 in Central Hall. SoftKinetic will also show for the first-time a prototype of SoftKinetic's DepthSense camera running on robotic platforms powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processor in the Qualcomm booth 26220 within the Unmanned Systems area in South Hall at CES. The Snapdragon 805 processor is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.
"Augmented Reality and Robotics are such exciting arenas, with more and more technologies coming to market that support truly sophisticated capabilities for users to engage with the world around them in fun and beneficial ways," said Michel Tombroff, CEO of SoftKinetic. "Qualcomm's Vuforia is a perfect example of a platform that allows our DepthSense technology to deliver at its fullest capacity, creating the most robust mobile AR experience available to anyone, anywhere."
SoftKinetic will show a dense 3D reconstruction of a room-sized environment running entirely on a Snapdragon powered device with the aid of a depth-sensing camera. This technology allows users to perform a wide variety of natural and photorealistic AR experiences, such as placing virtual furniture into the open space of an existing room to see exactly how it would function, or customizing toy and play with it in an augmented environment, or measuring and cutting in the kitchen or workroom with the help of AR glasses to create the perfect project.
"Depth sensing technology is critical for us to enable the next generation of augmented reality experiences with Vuforia," said Jay Wright, vice president of product management for Qualcomm Vuforia. "Once integrated in devices, SoftKinetic's DepthSense technology will enhance Vuforia Smart Terrain™ to provide experiences with much greater immersion and increased ease of use."
SoftKinetic's DepthSense technology provides the best resolution, lowest power consumption, smallest form factor and the simplest manufacturing processes for AR, 3D scanning and gesture recognition on the mobile platform compared to any other ToF solution.
SoftKinetic's vision is to give everyone the freedom to control, explore and enjoy the entire digital world through the most natural and intuitive user interfaces and machine interactions. SoftKinetic is the leading provider of 3D vision technology for the consumer electronics and professional markets, including automotive, digital signage, and medical systems. The company offers a complete family of 3D imaging, 3D scanning and gesture recognition solutions, including patented 3D CMOS time-of-flight sensors, modules and cameras (DepthSense® family of products), multi-platform 3D scanning and 3D gesture recognition middleware and tools (SoftKinetic® Libraries family of products). For more information on SoftKinetic please visit www.softkinetic.com. For videos of SoftKinetic-related products visit SoftKinetic's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/SoftKinetic.