Gesture Control Leader Powering Innovative New Way to Report on the Weather
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – March 12, 2013 – SoftKinetic, the world’s leading 3D gesture recognition software and solution provider, today announced that its iisu® middleware technology is being used to power an innovative new weather report by the Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF), the public broadcasting organization of the French Community of Belgium. Broadcasters at RTBF are now able to move around and trigger 3D animations with gestures in a virtual set that is more interactive and dynamic than ever before. To see the weather report in action, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6KdkVG9-Rg.
“In bringing this technology into the studio, our goal was to change not only the way that the weather report was produced, but also change the look and feel of the report for viewers,” said Thibault Baras, director of the digital graphics and animation studio Dreamwall and virtual studio production center Keywall. “We are very pleased to have partnered with SoftKinetic in order to implement gesture recognition technology into our offering.”
This technology allows broadcasters to present their weather report without using a remote to cue changes in visuals, leaving their hands free to “touch” cards, menus, and other graphic elements on the viewer’s screen. The implementation of gesture recognition technology by RTBF makes for a much more visually appealing and natural broadcast.
“Gesture recognition and control is making waves in a number of different markets, from digital entertainment to advertising and now broadcasting,” said Michel Tombroff, CEO of SoftKinetic. “It is a great thrill to tune in to the nightly news and see our technology at work as part of RBTF’s weather report!”
SoftKinetic offers hardware, middleware, and applications that can be built once and deployed on multiple devices. With a highly optimized CPU footprint, SoftKinetic’s solutions are perfect for embedded platforms, as well as personal computers, consoles, set-top boxes, and smart TVs. Combined with world-class support, SoftKinetic is the leader in gesture recognition offerings.
For more information, please visit www.softkinetic.com.
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 gesture-based platforms for the consumer electronics and professional markets, including interactive digital entertainment, consumer electronics, health care, digital signage, and medical systems. 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.
For more information on SoftKinetic please visit www.softkinetic.com. For videos of SoftKinetic-related products visit SoftKinetic’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/SoftKinetic.
Andrew Karl, TriplePoint for SoftKinetic