Depth Cameras for Gaming and Research

Graphics Processors, who new someday these will be a prime part of modern day computer lab. Earlier these things was assumed only for video game fun. Now the second thing we got from the gaming business is the Depth cameras.

Depth cameras also known as 3D / VR / interaction camera.most of the cameras have inbuilt algorithms for face detection, motion detection, hand gesture detection, depth sensing passive or active with lidar.


Xbox kinect

The first one was introduced by microsoft named as micosoft kinect (developed by primesense israel). It was advertised as a motion sensing camera. This device is used by number of researchers mentioned in hundreds of research articles.

Microsoft Kinect
Microsoft Kinect


ASus Xtion

Advertised as both motion sensor and depth sensing camera with gesture detection. Suitable for both gaming and research. The pro version which is recently launched tagged as “For developers only”.

few artcles

Map Building Based on a Xtion Pro Live RGBD and a Laser Sensors

Assessing the Potential of Low-Cost 3D Cameras(Kinect and Asus Xtion) for the Rapid Measurement of Plant Woody Structure 


Comparison asus xtion and kinect

Metric Asus Xtion Pro Microsoft Xbox Kinect
Price ∼$150 USD ∼$150 USD
Power consumption <2.5 W
Distance of use 0.8 m < x < 3.5 m 0.8 m < x < 4 m
Field of view * 58° H; 45° V; 70° D 57.5° H; 43.5° V
Sensor RGB, Depth and Microphone RGB, Depth and Microphone
Depth image size VGA (640 × 480) 30 fps; QVGA (320 × 240) 60 fps VGA (640 × 480) 30 fps
Resolution SXVGA (1280*1024)
Platform Intel x86; AMD
OS support Win 32/64 XP, Vista, 7; Linux Ubuntu 10.10: X86, 32/64 bit, Android Win 32/64 XP, Vista, 7, 8
Interface USB2.0 USB2.0
Software Open NI SDK bundled Kinect for Windows SDK
Programming languages C++/C# (Windows); C++ (Linux); Java C++/C# (Windows); C++ (Linux); Java
Dimensions 18 × 3.5 × 5 cm 28 × 8 × 8 cm

Intel realsense

Intel realsense was developed for application developers who are interested in depth or machine vision in over all the features associated with stereo vision.

 Primesesnse carmine

Primesense was actually the first who developed the technology and later it was used in microsoft kinect. Now this israeli company is merged with Apple.

Creative Senz3D and BlasterX Senz3D

This is based on intel realsense can also be used as a webcam with video stream output in format 720pixel@60fps or 1080@30fps . Promotional price is $99.99 .


Samsung galaxy A9



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