Microsoft gears Kinect for time-of-flight sensor upgrade
Microsoft Corp. showcased a time-of-flight image sensor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco last week. The device is believed to replace the infrared-based depth sensing system still applied within the company's Kinect for Windows platform.at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco last week.
The image sensor is a 512x424 CMOS 3D time-of-flight with multi-frequency demodulation up to 130MHz at 2GSPS ADC. The device is reported to have a depth accuracy of 0.5 per cent at a range of between 0.8m and 4.2m.
In 2013, Microsoft began shipping the Xbox One with an updated version of Kinect that used a wide-angle time-of-flight camera, which features a field of vision 60 per cent wider than the previous depth sensing system.
Microsoft announced that an enhanced sensor for Kinect for Windows will be available in summer 2014.
The Kinect sensor change is said to be associated with Microsoft's acquisition of 3DV Systems in 2009 and Canesta Inc. in 2010, following Apple's $345 million acquisition of PrimeSense Ltd., the original developer of the Microsoft's Kinect depth sensor.
- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe
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