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Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:05

PC to get Kinect clone from Asus

Written by David Stellmack
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Will use PrimeSense technology, as well
Asus will be showing off its Kinect clone, which will be called the WAVI Xtion at the 2011 CES show next week in Las Vegas. Sources tell us that they are not the only one planning to show off their own Kinect-like technology at CES.

The one advantage that the Asus WAVI Xtion might have, however, is that it uses the same PrimeSense technology that Microsoft uses in Kinect. It is unclear yet as to what Asus is has up its sleeve for PC owners and the technology, but it is obvious that the news is a big deal.

Asus does talk about the device being leveraged by developers of all types to create applications for the device. Asus says that that they will be offering authors of applications the ability to sell the apps in the Xtion store, but no time table is set for the launch of the store yet. Asus does intend to start shipping the device in Q2 2011, but no pricing has yet to be announced.

Developers will be able to get their hands on the Xtion PRO, which is a 3D sensing professional gesture-based development solution that is also powered by PrimeSense technology. Asus seems to understand the need for software to be developed to take advantage of the device; and they will also be supporting the efforts of the OpenNI developer community to help grow the application base available for the product to PC users.



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