ASUS unveils new motion sensor PC device
WAVI Xtion can be used for PC gaming and home entertainment
ASUS has unveiled a new motion sensor technology for PC gaming and home entertainment. The WAVI Xtion comes in two parts, the WAVI wireless media streaming device, and the Xtion motion sensor.
The streaming device is designed to stream high definition media wirelessly from a PC located in one room to a TV in another, while the Xtion motion sensor is an infrared gesture-based multimedia playback, gaming and application device, which is the first officially-supported motion-sensing PC interface.
The WAVI Xtion blends motion-sensing technology from PrimeSense with the ASUS Xtion Portal user interface allowing intuitive interactions with applications.
"Our collaboration with ASUS in providing a 3D sensing solution for WAVI Xtion proves to the industry that natural interaction technology is the ideal fit for living rooms, and that intuitive, gesture-based control will be the go-to route for operating all devices. We believe that PrimeSense solutions like the user interface used on ASUS' WAVI Xtion represent the future of the way people interact with consumer electronics, and help break down barriers of use to allow people to sync with the electronic world around them," said PrimeSense CEO Inon Beracha.
Connections from the device to both PCs and TVs are made via wireless HDMI (WHDI technology) to deliver HD content such as movies, games and photos in 5GHz with a range of up to 25 metres.
Compatible software, available on the launch of the WAVI Xtion device, includes the motion sensor fitness training programme, MayaFit Cardio Lite, and BeatBooster, a multiplayer racing adventure game where users manoeuvre jet aircraft with their body movements.
The Xtion engine also supports the remapping of keyboard controls into motion gestures for a variety of third party games.
WAVI Xtion content will be available on the ASUS @vibe online store, delivered through the cloud.
Developers interested in creating software for the WAVI Xtion can access the ASUS Xtion PRO developer pack, a professional PC motion-sensing toolset
ASUS is planning to launch the Xtion Pro Developer Challenge in March, with attractive prizes and publishing deals for winning developers.