30 Nov '11, 1pm

Rumored Kinect 2 Upgrades Could Be Big News for Robotics

Rumored Kinect 2 Upgrades Could Be Big News for Robotics

Ready for some mostly unsubstantiated rumors about the next generation Kinect system? According to the Eurogamer blog (who cites a "development source" at Microsoft), the Kinect 2 will feature a bunch of upgrades which could allow creative roboticists to do all kinds of awesome new stuff. The current Kinect is limited in both frame rate and resolution by the amount of data that it's allowed to push back through its USB controller. Kinect 2 will allow for much greater data throughput, whether it's using a beefed-up controller or an entirely new interface like USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt: "It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?" What do we want to do with it, you ask rhetorically? What don't we want to do with it? ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/rumored-k...

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