CES is just now starting to take shape this year, and while tablets will no doubt play a large role, we get the feeling that wireless streaming will also be a huge topic of discussion. The time has come for wires to take a back seat to wireless, but there's still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure that transfers are quick, lag-free and free from glitches. PrimeSense
, which is the company behind the Microsoft Kinect
peripheral, has now teamed up with Asus at CES to deliver yet another new wireless streaming solution to the world.
The WAVI Xtion is a uniquely named device that has a next-gen user interface and is designed to extend PC usage to the living room. The WAVI Xtion media center for the PC leverages ultra-wide band wireless link and PrimeSense 3D sensing solution to provide controller-free interaction experiences in the living room. Users can browse multimedia content, access the Internet and social networks, and enjoy full body interaction in a more user-friendly and natural living room experience.
Basically, you need to plug one box into your PC and the other into your TV; then, you can control the former on the latter with your arms. Xtion PRO is also being introduced here at CES, mostly to enable developers to create their own gesture-based apps for use with this new hardware. Both should be available in the coming months, but no pricing information has been given yet.
PrimeSense Teams Up with ASUS to Bring Intuitive PC Entertainment to the Living Room with WAVI Xtion
WAVI Xtion extends PC multimedia content and gesture control from the PC to the TV screen in Q2 2011
2011 International CES
TEL AVIV, Israel & TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PrimeSense, the leader in sensing and recognition technologies, and ASUS, a leading enterprise in the new digital era, announced today that PrimeSense Immersive Natural Interaction™ solutions will be embedded in WAVI Xtion, a next generation user interface device developed by ASUS to extend PC usage to the living room. WAVI Xtion is scheduled to be commercially available during Q2 2011 and released worldwide in phases.
“Natural Interaction’s appeal to consumers means more monetization opportunities based on personalization, various branding and advertising programs inside applications.”
The WAVI Xtion media center for the PC leverages ultra-wide band wireless link and PrimeSense 3D sensing solution to provide controller-free interaction experiences in the living room. Users can browse multimedia content, access the Internet and social networks, and enjoy full body interaction in a more user-friendly and natural living room experience.
In addition to WAVI Xtion, ASUS also adopts PrimeSense solutions to introduce the world’s first PC-exclusive 3D sensing professional development solution, Xtion PRO, for software developers to easily create their own gesture-based applications and software. Xtion PRO is scheduled to be commercially available in February 2011. Developers will also have the chance to sell their applications on the upcoming Xtion online Store.
PrimeSense and ASUS will introduce WAVI Xtion and Xtion PRO at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), January 6-9 in Las Vegas. It can be viewed in the PrimeSense booth (South Hall 4, upper level, Booth #36255) and at the ASUS suite (Venetian Ballroom, Level 3, San Polo 3501A and 3501B).
“Our agreement with ASUS for developing WAVI Xtion demonstrates that Natural Interaction technology is already mainstream,” said Inon Beracha, CEO, PrimeSense. “This user interface is a new paradigm that represents how all CE products will eventually be naturally controlled and operated.”
“ASUS combines its wireless cross-room solution with PrimeSense’s simple, intuitive, gesture-based control technology to allow users to enjoy and share PC content on TV with gestures. WAVI Xtion is the unprecedented living room experience that will revolutionize users' recreational lives,” said Kent Chien, General Manager, ASUS. “Natural Interaction’s appeal to consumers means more monetization opportunities based on personalization, various branding and advertising programs inside applications.”
PrimeSense and ASUS are also working together to promote and support the OpenNI developer community with developer kits. PrimeSense’s open, smart platform and hardware/software API lets publishers and developers easily apply 3D-sensing technology to a variety of applications and create new Natural Interaction content.
PrimeSense and ASUS are at the forefront of the Natural Interaction movement for controlling digital entertainment devices in the living room - such as the TV, set-top box and PC. This next generation of user interface is bringing together the entire ecosystem of the human sensory experience and closing the gap between humans and machines.