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Minister Fremault visits SoftKinetics NV

On Monday September 16th, Mrs Céline Fremault, Brussels Minister of Scientific Research and Foreign Export visited SoftKinetic NV.

SoftKinetic is a Belgium-based company and leading provider of end-to-end natural gesture recognition solutions. These include 3D CMOS Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors, modules and cameras (DepthSense®), natural gesture recognition middleware (iisu®), and games and applications from SoftKinetic Studios.

The company is a strategic merger between Optrima NV, spin-off from the VUB created in 2009 within the Laboratory for Micro- & Photoelectronics (LAMI) of the Department of Electronics and Informatics (ETRO)) and SoftKinetic SA in 2011. Within 5 years, SoftKinetic grew from spin-off to a world leader company.

VUB's Department of Electronics and Informatics (ETRO) has contributed substantially to the technology basis of Softkinetic.

Indeed the 3D Time of Flight Camera and primarily its sensor chip have been fully conceived, designed at VUB-ETRO and protected by VUB. As academic coordinator for technology transfer Prof. Jan Cornelis was involved in the IP agreements with the VUB spin-off  Optrima which is now part of the Softkinetic construction.

Prof. Jan Cornelis, Vice Rector International Policy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB): "Now I am vicerector for international policy, travelling in diverse parts of the world, and  I can testify that Softkinetic is known worldwide. Advertising that Softkinetic has become a world leader is not just a marketing trick it is based on a solid recognition and a growing good reputation. We are also very glad to have the main offices of Softkinetic in Brussels in the proximity of the campus so that the ecosystem university – spin offs is preserved for new joint developments.".