OpenNI or Open Natural Interaction is an industry-led, non-profit organization focused on certifying and improving interoperability of natural user interface and organic user interface for natural interaction devices, applications that use those devices and middleware that facilitates access and use of such devices.
The organization was created in November 2010, with the website going public on December 8. One of the main members is PrimeSense, the company behind the technology used in the Kinect, a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console.
In December 2010, PrimeSense, whose depth sensing reference design Kinect is based on, released their own open source drivers along with motion tracking middleware called NITE. PrimeSense later announced that it had teamed up with Asus to develop a PC-compatible device similar to Kinect, which will be called Wavi Xtion and is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2012.
Their software is currently being used in a variety of open-source projects among academia and the hobbyist community. Recently, software companies have attempted to expand OpenNI's influence by making working with and integrating the technology dramatically simpler.
After the acquisition of PrimeSense by Apple, it was announced that the website OpenNI.org would be shut down on April 23, 2014. Immediately after the shutdown, organizations that used OpenNI subsequently preserved documentation and binaries for future use, such as the page at Structure.io
Natural Interaction Devices
Natural Interaction Devices or Natural Interfaces  are devices that capture body movements and sounds to allow for a more natural interaction of users with computers  in the context of a Natural user interface. The Kinect and Wavi X-tion are examples of such devices.
The OpenNI framework provides a set of open source APIs. These APIs are intended to become a standard for applications to access natural interaction devices. The API framework itself is also sometimes referred to by the name OpenNI SDK.
The APIs provide support for 
- Voice and voice command recognition
- Hand gestures
- Body Motion Tracking
- PrimeSense - Natural Interaction & 3D Sensing
- Willow Garage - personal robotics applications
- ASUS - hardware manufacturer for full body motion apps and games
- FORTH ICS – Institute of Computer Science
- University of Southern California– 3D Face Modeling & Recognition
- Ayotle – Vision Software
- Natural user interface
- Organic user interface
- Kinect (previously known as Project Natal) and PrimeSense
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