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January 04, 2013

Open NI, The 3D Interaction Middleware Upgraded

Open NI framework, an open source SDK has now been given a key upgrade. It is used for the development of 3D sensing middleware libraries and applications. It is an important middleware tool for technologies such as Kinect.

Open NI framework is developed by a non-profit consortium Open NI which is an active community of developers, a network of potential partners and a distribution platform.

Open NI 2.0 SDK has 3D scanning and facial tracking facilities among tool's new capabilities. The new version provides an improved SDK to developers. Wider range of developers can now easily use Open NI framework to create helpful tools and computer vision middleware

With the help of upgrades Open NI 2.0 current motion sensing technology and its gesture control technology developers will be able to create new uses of the framework. Technologies such as, scene segmentation, facial tracking, 3D scanning and reconstruction, 3D animations and other measurement tools provide the users a vivid ecosystem platform for effective collaboration, discoveries, development and distribution.

 “During the past year we listened to the community, and together with the OpenNI community we designed a simpler, clearer, better product that will encourage developers, R&D departments, and others to better develop and share middleware and applications” said Aviad Maizels, president of PrimeSense, and one of OpenNI’s founders.

“With over 100k monthly downloads of the SDK, OpenNI has become the standard framework for development of 3D sensing. It will now become the most natural and popular place to share these developments.”

The not-for-profit OpenNI consortium was established in November 2010. It was formed to promote and standardize the compatibility and interoperability of all kinds of Natural Interaction (NI), devices, applications and middleware. OpenNI today is the largest 3D sensing development framework and community in the world. It is a big community of thousands of developers. Open NI provides access to a wide range of valuable resources. Its open source SDK is considered standard for developing 3D solutions and computer vision middleware.

Along with its new Open UI 2.0 SDK, the firm has also updated its website to make it more helpful and resourceful to the developers. The new site now will offer 3D middleware libraries and marketing tools - both from Open NI and third parties. It will help showcase, promote and share applications and middleware, which will go a long way in promoting the 3D ecosystem which in turn would create new dynamic opportunities for the markets the world over.

Edited by Carlos Olivera

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