SoftKinetic first demonstrated a Kinect-like, DepthSense 311 unit, back at CES. Whilst the hardware itself functions in a fundamentally different manner from the Kinect, using the concept of Time-of-Flight, the overall functionality didn't significantly stand out, though the firm had it's impressive, iisu SDK development kit in place that made the product quite attractive. This time around however, it's all about the hardware, as the firm announces the DepthSense 325.
At half the cost of the 311, the 325 is available for pre-order at $249 with worldwide shipping included. The hardware has been shrunk down to pocket size, adding serious portability, and, the image sensor has been upgraded to an unspecified HD resolution. The device features dual-microphones and of course a depth sensor and is capable of functioning from as little as 10cm away, with finger-tracking possible at 60fps.
Unimpressed? Take a look at the following YouTube video for a preview of the SDK and the exceptional speed and performance of the sensor.