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Have you ever wanted to be inside your own presentation? It’s not a crazy as it sounds, as a startup called Nuvixa lets you do just that.
It’s a creative example of taking a technology that was designed for motion-sensing video games and converting it so that it can spice up normally boring presentations, training sessions, educational videos or any other video communications.
Using the company’s upcoming StagePresence app, you can use Nuvixa to create a slide show and then use a 3D depth camera which is similar to that used by Microsoft for detecting motion with its Kinect motion-sensor for the Xbox 360 video game console. You can use the 3D depth camera to capture a 3D image of yourself talking and then insert yourself into a presentation.
“Nuvixa is revolutionizing the way people communicate with video by creating new capabilities and ways of interacting that will make video much more useful,” said Sanjay Patel, chief executive of Nuvixa.
Champaign, Ill.-based Nuvixa has created a technology that it calls UserExtraction, which snips a person’s image out of any background in a kind of virtual “green screen” effect similar to film editing techniques.
Using Z-Definition Technology developed by Nuvixa, you can capture a video of someone speaking and then insert that video into the content or presentation. You can also use it to bring a video conference to life, placing participants in a shared virtual space such as the one you can see with the squirrel.
Nuvixa says its technology can be used to create better video conferences, customer service sessions, education and training, webinars, and presentations. Nuvixa can detect your form and take you out of the image, in cookie cutter fashion. Then it can paste you into your own presentation.
The StagePresence software will be available this fall along with Nuvixa’s own HD Z-Definition camera. But today the company is showing a sneak peek of its software, which works with a Kinect camera.
The company was founded in 2009 and it has 11 employees. The founders include Patel, former chief technology officer of Ageia Technologies, a physics technology firm that was bought by Nvidia. Others are Minh Do, chief technology officer, computer scientist Dennis Lin, and video expert Quang Nguyen. All are faculty or students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
There are no direct competitors, but the incumbents in video conferencing include Cisco, Citrix, Adobe, Polycom and Vidyo. Nuvixa’s solution blends voice, video and content into a single view. Nuvixa has raised $650,000 to date from Advanced Micro Devices, Illinois Ventures, and Serra Ventures.
Here’s some video samples here and here. Also embedded below is a how-to-install video for StagePresence.