We're on the floor at CES 2011 all week, checking out the future-tastic offerings of the world's top technology companies. SoftKinect set off our cool-sensors with their motion-based technology and slick presentation. If nothing else, controlling your media with hand motions means no more lost remote controls!
The folks over at SoftKinect are offering up their vision for a fully gesture-based interface to manage all your digital content via your TV screen, including movies, TV, music, games, photos, videos, etc. Demoed on an Intel-powered set-top box, SoftKinect’s technology uses a Kinect-esque camera to map the viewer in virtual space, measuring both color and depth simultaneously. The interface itself curved smoothly across the screen to mimic the natural arc of your arm as you wave to scroll through the menus. Basic functionality works much the same as the Kinect. Simply hold your hand over the desired menu; wave through your various selections; fast forward, pause or rewind; and you’re in business. A circular motion of your hand will once again call up the main menu and allow users to begin cycling through their content anew.
While the technology isn’t as advanced as Microsoft’s motion-based system, SoftKinect did show off a few basic games for the home user such as a golf-swing enhancer and an athletic/exercise title. Eventually the utilized GameTree SDK will be made available to the public to offer an even larger array of gaming options in the near future, so keep your eye on SoftKinect.