First Kinect, then your TV, then the world! (photos)
Primesense is the company responsible for the Xbox Kinect, and it wants to see its sensors used in every piece of consumer electronics in the future: starting with your TV.
Taking over a loungeroom near you
While people are familiar with the Xbox Kinect, not many people will be familiar with the people behind it: PrimeSense. The Israeli company has been developing motion sensing technology since 2005, and the Kinect is just the first of many products where "you are the controller." Asus and LG will also have products available in 2012.
The PrimeSense sensor features both an HD (720p) video camera and an infrared camera (handy in the dark!) and in combination create a 3D image of your body movements. While Samsung has a competing technology in its high-end TVs it's only in two dimensions.
While its primarily responsible for the sensor itself and not the technology supporting it, PrimeSense demonstrated its own TV interface at the show. Users could swipe their way through lists of content and then "grab" it to play. Unfortunately the busy show floor was a little too scary for the sensor and it needed a few resets to get it to work.
Bodymetrics uses Primesense to enable users to virtually try and order clothing that fits online. The software includes a heat map which demonstrates where the garment will be tightest fitting. The technology is currently in use by Selfridges instore in the U.K., but PrimeSense says it sees the technology being used by Internet clothing retailers in the future.