CES 2008: Depth-Sensing ZCam Rocks

I really liked 3DV Systems‘ ZCam demo. The ZCam is a real-time depth-sensing camera that they’ve interfaced with video games to allow the player to control the game using hand and body gestures. The camera is able to determine where you are in 3 dimensions and quickly recalculate as you move around. The ZCam and associated games could be out later this year. This video shot by the folks from Shiny Shiny really tells a thousand words:

While I thin this and other similar ‘movement’ controllers like the Wii are cool, I still like the handheld controllers and feel there will remain a place for them in gaming. After all, one of the most popular games today, WoW, requires a keyboard.