Chant Develops Framework to Humanize Application User Interfaces
Chant KinectKit extends Microsoft Kinect for Windows and Natural User Interface API (NAPI).
Los Angeles, California, October 4, 2012Chant Inc., a leading independent vendor of speech and natural user interface technology tools and components, announced today availability of a new toolset for developing more humanlike application interfaces made possible by tracking movement with Microsoft Kinect for Windows.
Chant KinectKit is comprised of software components that handle the complexities of tracking movement using Microsoft Kinect for Windows and Natural User Interface API (NAPI). The components minimize the programming efforts necessary to construct software that maps movement from image and positional data captured by the Kinect sensor cameras. KinectKit also simplifies the process of capturing and persisting audio from the Kinect audio array microphone and works seamlessly with Chant SpeechKit for integrating speech recognition and speech synthesis.
"Movement can be used to control processes and enter data like keyboard, mouse, touch, and voice," said John Earle, president and founder of Chant Inc. "With KinectKit, developers have the flexibility to integrate natural user interface technology in a variety of ways and with their favorite programming environment."
Key features and capabilities provided by Chant KinectKit include:
- Capture and map color, depth, and skeleton data,
- Record and playback audio,
- Integrate movement tracking with speech technology,
- Enumerate and control Microsoft Kinect sensors, and
- Develop applications with popular programming languages such as C++Builder, C++, Delphi, Java, and .NET Framework.
US Pricing and Availability
KinectKit can be ordered today. Pricing is $499 per developer. KinectKit can also be ordered as part of the Chant Developer Workbench 2011 that includes a license for GrammarKit 4, LexiconKit 4, ProfileKit 4, SpeechKit 7, and VoiceMarkupKit 4. For more information about features and pricing and introductory promotions, visit www.kinectkit.com.
Chant Inc. is a leading provider of software and services that help organizations gain competitive advantage with speech and natural user interface technology. Chant is the first company to provide engine-independent middleware for developing desktop, mobile, web-enabled, and telephony applications that use speech technology. For more information, please visit www.chant.net.
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