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Build 3D Simulations with WorldViz VIZARD and Microsoft Kinect

Creating gesture controlled 3D virtual reality applications for training, product visualization, and physical rehabilitation is now easy and affordable with WorldViz software and the Microsoft Kinect

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 7 — WorldViz, the industry leader in interactive virtual reality solutions, now offers its flagship 3D software toolkit VIZARD with native plug-and-play connectivity to the Microsoft Kinect. With VIZARD and the Kinect, interacting with virtual objects in 3D simulations through natural hand and body gestures is now within reach for anyone from Fortune 500 companies to home consumers.

"The Microsoft Kinect motion and gesture tracking device is without doubt the most affordable and robust technology in its class," says Andrew Beall, CEO at WorldViz. "Without any encumbrances whatsoever, it can track hands, recognize gestures, and even track your entire body. For less than US$150 you can buy a Kinect stand-alone sensor from your local electronics retailer and connect it directly to your PC's USB port. Then with VIZARD installed, you'll be developing gesture controlled applications before you know it."

Peter Schlueer, president of WorldViz, adds: "This is a great step in our mission of bringing virtual reality to the mainstream. Think about combining this intuitive interaction technology with the newly available low-cost 3D TVs or 3D projectors, and you can see VIZARD users create exciting interactive simulations at unprecedented price points. And on top of that, applications built with VIZARD Enterprise can be redistributed royalty free."

Watch this video to experience what you'll be able to do with this technology (VIZARD driving simulator controlled with the Microsoft Kinect)

About WorldViz

WorldViz is the industry leader in turnkey interactive virtual reality solutions for Fortune 500 industry and top government clients, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Nissan, Disney, NASA, NIH National Institutes of Health, Stanford University and MIT. The company's Virtual Reality solutions include the industry's favored 3D software platform VIZARD 4.0, custom application programming, 3D graphics design, real-time optical motion tracking, and expert onsite installation & training. For more information about WorldViz, go to


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