What is NI mate?

NI mate: Fast, Affordable Real-time Motion Capture and Sound Control

NI (Natural Interaction) mate is a small but powerful software that takes real-time motion capture data from a depth camera device such as the Microsoft Kinect or Asus Xtion Pro Live and turns it into two industry standard protocols: OSC (Open Sound Control) and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Available for Windows, Mac OSX and Ubuntu GNU/Linux, NI mate offers users easy installation and a powerful, yet user-friendly configuration interface. Keeping to standard protocols for output makes NI mate an extremely flexible piece of software that can be applied in a vast number of scenarios. The software also offers direct support for processing, a powerful high-level programming language especially suitable for designers and students wishing to program on their depth camera.

Download free add-ons and templates for a number of 3D and DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software and instantly transform your depth camera into a powerful performance interface. If your favorite software is not yet supported, just make a request for it. Share your configurations, use cases and add-ons with others on the NI mate user forum.

Let us worry about the technology while you easily deploy your depth camera for interactive installations, captivating presentations, realistic motion capture, fast game prototyping or for controlling digital audio workstations and synthesizers.

NI mate’s built-in MIDI support offers immediate integration for most DAW software and MIDI CC message supporting synthesizers. For deeper integration and more control, we support OSC (Open Sound Control). Upon launch, the first officially supported add-on has been made available for Blender, the world's most popular open source 3D suite. Add-ons and templates for a number of other 3D and music software will be made available during spring 2012.

Never has motion capture been more simple, affordable and flexible. No need to learn another software - it's just you, the depth camera and your favorite 3D or DAW software. Try out NI mate today and be surprised at how natural motion capture, game and prototype development and movement based musical expression can be.

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