May 2011

When Lenovo-backed Eedoo first announced a motion-controlled 3D system called the eBox, Microsoft’s Kinect had yet to sell a single unit. Now that Microsoft’s depth-sensing camera has sold upwards of eight figures, Eedoo’s decision to jump on the motion-control bandwagon seems a bit prescient.

But Eedoo’s system — now called the iSec and targeted for a Chinese launch later this year — is using depth-sensing hardware that’s fundamentally different from that powering Microsoft’s Kinect. That hardware comes from SoftKinetic, a Belgian company founded in 2007 that sees depth-sensing camera technology revolutionizing all sorts of computing tasks, from home automation to sports.

“It’s only been a relatively short time since the release of Kinect,” said Virgile Delporte, VP of marketing and business development at SoftKinetic. “3D cameras, combined with color and audio, will become familiar input devices, not only for video games but also for smart TVs, PC and mobile devices.”

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Making social games that are more than the casual, strategy-free clickfests many people assume come from the space is nothing new for Kabam, the creators of Facebook strategy titles likeKingdoms of Camelot and Dragons of Atlantis. The company says it’s trying to perfect that strategy with today’s wide release of Global Warfare.

“We were looking to utilize our engine in a much better way, to branch out into new themes and continue to augment our success in the strategy genre,” Kabam general manager Bryan Bennett tells Gamasutra.

That new theme for Global Warfare is a more modern take on an often fantasy-soaked genre, set in a militarized world that’s been thrown into chaos after widespread economic collapse. While that story is told through short Flash animations, the rest of the tile-based strategy game was built entirely with Javascript and a PHP backend, Bennett says.

“Javascript is actually a pretty powerful front end programming tool,” he explains. “We don’t even make use of close to all of what Javascript can really do. … Flash [would] make things a little easier, but there’s nothing we can’t do with just Javascript.”

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