SoftKinetics current DepthSense cameras

SoftKinetic3D printer manufacturer and supplier MakerBot and 3D vision and gesture recognition hardware and software developer Softkinetic are officially in business together.

The two announced an exclusive partnership during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The move focuses on the development of the next generation 3D cameras based on SoftKinetic's technology for inclusion in future MakerBot 3D scanning products.

SoftKinetic's DepthSense 3D Time-of-Flight depth capture technology is designed to create a seamless user experience with MakerBot scanners and Replicator line of printers.

"SoftKinetic is an enabling platform for building amazing user experiences, and our goal is to make things such as 3D scanning and printing intuitive, natural and fun," SoftKinetic CEO Michel Tombroff said. "MakerBot is leading the next industrial revolution and their vision is very well aligned with ours. We are delighted to partner with MakerBot to bring the next generation of 3D printing experience to the consumer."

SoftKinetic provides 3D vision and gesture recognition technologies for the consumer electronics, automotive and industrial markets. Its staff includes a team of mathematicians, 3D imaging specialists, software engineers and user experience experts who aim to revolutionize the interaction with digital content.

Texas Instruments has licensed SoftKinetic's 3D sensor technology in a collaboration that seeks to increase adoption of gesture control in television, personal computers, and other consumer and industrial devices.

Likewise, Intel's perceptual computing platform is based on SoftKinetic's DepthSense 3D cameras and iisu 3D gesture recognition middleware.

SoftKinetic was also chosen by Sony to bring 3D gesture recognition experience to game titles for the Play Station 4.

"SoftKinetic is a leader in its industry and is developing hardware components that will transform the physical world into the digital," MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said. "We are very excited to be a part of this development, linking 3D image capture with fifth generation MakerBot products to create exhilarating user experiences for our customers. The future will be very exciting indeed."

MakerBot, which was bought by Stratasys in 2013, is an industry leader in consumer-level 3D printers.

SoftKinetic offers a complete family of 3D imaging and gesture recognition solutions, including patented 3D CMOS time-of-flight sensors, modules and cameras (DepthSense family of products, formerly known as Optrima product family), multi-platform and multi-camera 3D gesture recognition middleware and tools (iisu family of products) as well as games and applications from SoftKinetic Studios.