SoftKinetic releases free, Kinect-compatible 'iisu' dev kit

What's an "iisu," you ask? It's an acronym for "The Interface Is You," of course! It's also the name of SoftKinetic's "3D gesture recognition" software development kit, available now for "qualified developers" to license for free. The iisu SDK is said to work with "all major 3D depth-sensing devices," which we're told includes support for Microsoft's Kinect.

The free version of iisu is strictly a "non-commercial" SDK, though a full, commercial version can be purchased. The dev kit offers tools for building both games and applications, and includes Unity 3D and Flash support. Interested parties can get the ball rolling by applying for a free license on SoftKinetic's application page.

Between SoftKinetic's SDK and those from Evoluce, PrimeSense and even Microsoft itself, there will soon be, like, so many SDKs available for Kinect. We're gonna start stretching right now in preparation for the eventual results.

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SoftKinetic Introduces Freemium Version of Award-Winning Gesture Recognition Middleware

Multi-Platform iisu™ 2.8 Now Compatible with All 3D Cameras and Available to Developers for Non-Commercial Use

SAN FRANCISCO - February 28, 2011

SoftKinetic, the leading provider of 3D gesture recognition solutions, today announced the availability of iisu™ version 2.8. In addition to offering full multi-camera compatibility to its popular gesture recognition middleware, the company wil

l provide a non-commercial version of their product for free to qualified developers. The result of eight years of research and development and commercially available since Q1 2008, iisu recognizes full body gestures and movements in real-time, capturing motion via a single 3D depth-sensing camera. The technology has already been incorporated into large-scale applications for gaming, multimedia systems and personal training. The latest iteration of iisu includes the following enhancements:

* Support for all 3D cameras

* iisu Interaction Designer: an easy-to-use tool allowing game and application designers to prototype and rapidly develop gestures for their applications

* New iisu Action Pack: a solid set of out-of-the-box gestures for the development of most gesture-based games and application interactions

* Updated plug-ins for Unity 3D and Flash with even stronger integration and samples

* iisu now also available on current and next generation set-top boxes

"SoftKinetic has long been a pioneer in gesture recognition, and we want to expand the community of developers able to access to our professional tools and technology," said Eric Krzeslo, Chief Strategy Officer of SoftKinetic. "We believe that opening up our cross-platform, multi-camera software to a broader community will enhance productivity and creativity, and we cannot wait to see the incredible innovations that emerge as a result."

SoftKinetic will be demonstrating iisu 2.8 at this year's Game Developer's Conference (GDC) in San Francisco from March 2 – 4 in a private meeting room on the show floor. For business appointments, please contact Virgile Delporte at SoftKinetic, For press appointments, please contact Wendy Beasley at TriplePoint, Interested developers can also check out a demonstration of iisu's Interaction Designer and the Unity plug-in at the Unity Technologies booth (South Hall 1416) on Friday, March 4 at 12:30pm.

Interested and qualified developers may apply for the free non-commercial version of iisu 2.8 by contacting Softkinetic at They may also apply to the Content Partner Program, available for an annual subscription fee with technical support and access to SoftKinetic client community: OEMs, set-top-box manufacturers, games and apps platform providers etc.

About SoftKinetic

SoftKinetic's vision is to transform the way people interact with the digital world. SoftKinetic is the leading provider of gesture-based platforms for the consumer electronics and professional markets. The company offers a complete family of 3D imaging and gesture recognition solutions, including patented 3D CMOS time-of-flight sensors and cameras (the DepthSense™ family of products, formerly known as Optrima product family), multi-platform and multi-camera 3Dgesture recognition middleware and tools (the iisu™ family of products) as well as games and applications from SoftKinetic Studios.

With over 8 years of R&D on both hardware and software, SoftKinetic solutions have already been successful used in the field of interactive digital entertainment, consumer electronics, health care and other professional markets (such as digital signage and medical systems). SoftKinetic, iisu, DepthSense and Interface Is You are tradenames or registered trademarks of SoftKinetic. For more information on SoftKinetic please visit For videos of SoftKinetic and related products, please visit SoftKinetic's YouTube channel: