SoftKinetic is a very serious competitor to Kinect, a Belgium start-up funded in 2007 that provides gesture recognition middleware, 3D camera (based on Time of Flight technology) and with a game development group.

The iisu middleware (free for non-commercial use www.iisu.com) works with the Kinect camera, but also other 3D cameras like the Asus camera or Panasonic professional camera.

SoftKinetic will probably present interesting things next week at the Game Developer Conference, this video gives an idea of more precise finger tracking to control existing PC games:

Kinect competitor SoftKinetic has finger tracking: example with Angry Birds

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