PrimeSense does Kinect-like device for PC

Kinect-like PC motion sensing being shown at CES in Vegas this week

PrimeSense and Asus have announced they're to show off a new Kinect-like device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this week.

PrimeSense, if you don't know, is the very same firm that provided the tech behind Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing device. It seems the rights to the tech are not entirely exclusive.


The new one, however, is called the WAVI Xtion - which is a rubbish name - and is geared at serving as a controller for PCs in 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," says the presser.

"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."

Asus has also used PrimeSense's tech to create a development platform for the device called Xtion Pro, which will let developers create software for the camera bar.

We wonder if there'll be any (unofficial, we're sure) cross compatibility between this and Kinect which, as you should have seen by now, has already had unofficial PC drivers and several applications written for it.

WAVI Xtion is due for a Q2 2011 release.