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Intelligent Character Motion software

Free edition of Kinect-based motion control software released.

ATLANTA, GA,  Feb. 3, 2011 —    Activate3D ( has released its Free Community Edition of Intelligent Character Motion (ICM), a software product that enhances character motion in video games utilizing Kinect on the PC.  The Free Community Edition is available at no charge for non-commercial applications.    

ICM integrates in real-time a player’s motion with their intended in-game action, giving the player more nuanced control of their character and a feeling of total immersion in the game world.  It extends the skeletal software capabilities delivered by OpenNI and PrimeSense’s NITE SDK and frees designers from the labor-intensive work of scripting every possible movement in the game.

The key capabilities delivered in the community edition include solutions for grasp detection in virtual worlds, inverse kinematics algorithms to enforce contact with objects, a high-speed motion recognition algorithm that detects mimicking even with partial body input, and a patented algorithm for synthesizing animations that fit seamlessly with a physics simulation powered with PhysX by NVIDIA.

“Our goal is to focus on solving the hard problems necessary to use natural interaction hardware and free the developers to focus on creating great experiences., said Activate3D’s Vice President of Engineering Dan Amerson, “We are excited to provide the OpenNI community the opportunity to take advantage of ICM’s capabilities.”

ICM is available via download at and supports the OpenNI™ v1.0 with the NITE v1.3 skeleton SDK on PC.  The ICM SDK is fully documented and provides tutorials and example code. 

The commercial version of ICM, currently in beta, will launch at the Game Developers Conference in March. 

About Activate3D

Activate3D, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with a product development office in Raleigh, North Carolina, develops Intelligent Character Motion (ICM), a revolutionary approach to creating rich, robust in-game characters and worlds for games that use natural interaction devices.   Activate3D is a member of Microsoft’s Xbox 360™ Tools and Middleware program.  The privately funded company was co-founded in 2010 by technology entrepreneur and investor Jeff Levy and Georgia Tech professor Dr. Karen Liu.  To learn more, visit the company website



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