Microsoft preps next time-of-flight sensor for Kinect

Microsoft preps next time-of-flight sensor for Kinect

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It is thought that this ToF sensor will be a replacement for the infrared-based depth sensing system that is still used within Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows offering.

In 2013 Microsoft began shipping the Xbox One, the successor to the Xbox 360, with an updated version of Kinect that used a wide-angle time-of-flight camera. That camera offered a 60 percent wider field of vision and operated than the previous depth sensing system.

Microsoft also has announced an enhanced sensor will be offered for Kinect for Windows in summer 2014. And at ISSCC an engineering team from Microsoft in Mountian View, California, presented A 512 x 424 CMOS 3D time-of-flight image sensor with multifrequency demodulaton up to 130MHz and 2Gsps ADC.

The device is reported to have a depth accuracy of 0.5 percent at a range of between 0.8m and 4.2m.

The Kinect sensor change is said to be associated with Microsoft’s acquisition of 3DV Systems in 2009 and Canesta Inc. in 2010. The ISSCC presentation also follows on from Apple’s acquisition of PrimeSense Ltd., the original developer of the Microsoft’s Kinect depth sensor, for $345 million.

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