COMPUTEX 2011 - Asus Wavi Xtion Kinect Clone Demo'd By Booth Babe (Video)

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Remember a couple years ago when Asus tried to ride the popularity of the Nintendo Wii by coming out with something that look eerily similar to the Wii Remote and Nunchuk? I think it was called the Eee Stick or something. Well, you know Kinect for Xbox 360 has been doing reasonably well? It looks like Asus wants a piece of that motion-sensing pie too.

Being demo'd by a lovely booth babe at Computex Taipei 2011 is the Asus WAVI Xtion. The idea here is going to sound pretty darn familiar to Kinect fans, as you get a unit with dual cameras, sensing your body's movements in a three dimensional space. You use gestures to navigate through the menus and you play a bunch of motion-sensing games.

The WAVI part is more than gaming. Standing for Wireless Audio Video Interaction, it's a platform that lets you transmit your PC HD content to your TV. Add in the Xtion sensor with a WAVI receiver and you have a Kinect and Xbox, sort of, with a range of entertainment and gaming options.

My gut tells me that Xtion will go the way of the Eee Stick, but I'll gladly eat my words if Asus manages to turn this into something remotely (no pun intended) as successful as Microsoft's more mainstream offering.


Michael Kwan is a freelance writer, button masher, published author, and professional gadget geek. Fueled by caffeine and Wi-Fi, he personifies the digital lifestyle. Follow Michael on Twitter (@michaelkwan) and Instagram (@beyondtherhetoric).

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