Earlier in the year VRFocus reported on the news that 3D vision and gesture company SoftKinetic is bringing both hand and finger recognition technology to virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift. The group has adapted its Close Interaction Library (CILib) for use in both VR and augmented reality (AR) environments. Now the company has announced that it is developing its own social software for the tech that will allow users to interact with each other in VR environments.
Using either an AR or VR HMD, this new software tracks user’s hands by utilising the company’s own DepthSense Camera along with its CILib middleware to allow multiple users to interact with each other. SoftKinetic is currently showcasing this new project at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California from 8th – 10th June at booth #22. It’s not yet clear if the company has plans to release this software to consumers later down the line once VR HMDs have hit the mass market.
“Virtual reality is an incredibly hot topic right now, but in order to create mass appeal it needs that social element,” SoftKinetic CEO Michel Tombroff, said of the announcement. “SoftKinetic’s vendor-neutral technology provides powerful capabilities for true social interaction in an alternate reality. While it may start in gaming, the possibilities for using this technology in a virtual setting are limitless, and will be the catalyst to seeing widespread adoption of VR/AR technologies.”
VRFocus will continue to follow SoftKinetic closely, reporting back with any further updates from the developer.