Archive for April, 2011


Kinect Pattern Uncovered

Since the day I heard of Microsoft’s Kinect, and especially the depth sensing technology developed by Prime Sense, I was wondering how it works. To make my point clear: I do not want to steal or reverse engineer any intellectual property, try to get into their business, or help anyone doing this. I appreciate the work of Prime Sense, and I hope all their patents will make sure that they will earn what they deserve for such a great work. However, understanding how the technology actually works can help reasoning about how to make even better use of it. We could reason about upper limits in accuracy, and possible problematic configurations that should be avoided. Since people are starting to use the technology for a great variety of applications, some where accuracy is important, we should start thinking about this.

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