Category Archives: kinect

Structure sensor for iPad… might explain why Apple recently acquired “Primescene”.

As we already knew, two giant companies, Apple and Google, finished the last Christmas shopping. Google bought several robotics, sensor related companies and Apple acquired PrimeScene, the patent holder for Microsoft Kinect.

I found funny add-on type accessory for iPad, Structure Sensor.

Have a look the below video and you can get an idea of it.

Now it is quite expensive, almost 4/5 price of a iPad, $349 but the cost might be suitable if it will be integrated into the new iPad version.

Structure Sensor 3D Scanner

Structure Sensor 3D Scanner

Structure Sensor 3D Scanner

Structure Sensor 3D Scanner

Microsoft’s new Kinect revealed

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  • “High-definition,” “high-fidelity” 3D vision. Obviously, the biggest deal for robotics is the improved 3D sensing. We’re not sure what “high-definition” means, exactly, but it’s definitely better, possibly 1080p 60fps better. The sensor itself operates based on time of flight (like a radar gun), making it at least three times more sensitive and lighting-independent. It can see the freakin’ buttons on your shirt from several feet away! This means better object recognition, better mapping, better everything that you depend on 3D data for.
  • Active IR. Kinect can now see in the dark. IN THE DARK, PEOPLE!
  • Skeletal tracking with joint rotation. When combined with a physics model, the sensor can estimate muscle movements and forces.
  • Pulse detection (!). The sensor tracks color changes in your skin to determine your heartbeat.
  • Emotion detection. In addition to tracking binary things like eyes and mouth open or close, Kinect also estimates your emotional state and whether or not you’re paying attention to it.