- There's little doubting the phenomenal impact the Nintendo Wii has had on the videogame industry since its arrival in November of 2006, bringing with it demographic-busting creativity, motion-sensing controls, and a sense of fun generally lacking in its more 'hardcore' hardware rivals.
Further to the host of (generally poor) third-party peripherals and accessories spawned because of the Wii in an attempt to jump on Nintendo's sizeable cash cow, there are occasional product manufacturers that pop up with the intent of actually building on the Wii's inspiration. Meet the ZCam.
Created by Israel-based 3DV Systems, the ZCam is a new 3D interactive gaming camera designed specifically for personal computer users, which is so sensitive to movement and motion that users are able to control on-screen action through the mere flick of a finger.
"The Wii has shown us the way, but this device can take things so much farther," enthused 3DV Systems CEO Zvika Klier during a recent demonstration held exclusively for the Reuters news agency.
According to 3DV, the ZCam is able to sense real-world depth of field and track player movements in three dimensions, essentially enabling users to relive their childhoods by controlling through body motion.
For example, during the Reuters...