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Future of Interaction in Gaming

Written by on June 28, 2008

We were all amazed when the Wii controller came onto the market. The ability to swing a virtual tennis racket, play golf or bowling similar to the way we do it in real life was quite spectacular. But a company called Softkinetic has taken this a step further. Now you don't need a controller at all.

Softkinetic is using 3D cameras to track your movement and converts it to similar movements in a virtual space. If you need to jump over an obstacle you simply jump, if you want to reach out for something, you simply do that.

You can watch how it works over at On10, or take a look at the videos below.


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Human Tetris

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Fly like a bird

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Platform gaming

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Natural Interaction

This is the next step in natural interaction. It is currently being developed for games, but just as multi-touch has changed the way we interact with phones (and soon computers in general), this technology can solve a lot of the interaction problems we got today.

One example is media centers hooked up to your TV. Today you have to use a TV remote, which is not really that efficient and is very inflexible to use. TV interfaces are generally over simplified simply because of the constraints in the way we interact with it.

With Softkinetic's technology you can track your movements in space, which allows you to do much more complex stuff on your TV screen.

In a conference room you could interact with a big digital whiteboard half-way across the room. Or you can create simulated 3D environments, like the one made by Johnny Chung Lee (see the last video), without the need to wear special gear.

Not to mention all the new possibilities of interaction we have yet to discover.

Technology like Multi-touch, the Wii remote and now Softkinetic's "iisu" technology is allowing us to interact without being constraint by the technology itself.

(via on10 and Softkinetic)

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Thomas Baekdal

Thomas Baekdal

Founder of Baekdal, author, writer, strategic consultant, and new media advocate.


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