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Hands-On With the Next Generation Kinect: PrimeSense Capri

January 18, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Erico Guizzo  /  Spectrum IEEE

PrimeSense's 3D sensor, which is what's inside the Microsoft Kinect, has revolutionized vision for very cheap and very expensive robots. That's not what it was supposed to do: it was supposed to help lazy gamers get off their couches and jump around a little bit. PrimeSense is still very focused on marketable consumer applications with the next generation of the 3D sensor, called Capri, but we're more interested in what it'll do for our robots. At CES last week, we got some hands-on time with Capri, and we have some details for you.

Engineers are familiar with the idea of being able to pick two of the following: faster, better, cheaper. PrimeSense has instead gone with much smaller, probably cheaper (although we're not sure), and arguably just a little bit worse when it comes to performance. The overall size of the sensor has shrunk by a factor of 10, which is really the big news here, and otherwise, most of the specs have stayed the same. Here's what you'll get with Capri:

  • Field of View 57.5×45

  • Range 0.8m-3.5m

  • VGA depth map (640×480)

  • USB 2.0 powered

  • Standard off the shelf components

  • OpenNI compliant

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