Camera is for game controllers and more
CES 2011 is only a week or so away and I have already said that 3D will be big again this year at the show. The 3D gear won't just be TVs and Blu-ray players though; we will also see 3D on lots of other products like cameras and camcorders in droves.
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A company called Optrima has announced that it will be showing off a new consumer 3D RGB camera at CES that is the world's first time of flight camera for embedded use. That sounds really weird and it appears that by time of flight the maker means the camera is sensitive enough and fast enough to be used with 3D gesture interfaces.
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The cameras will be used in video game systems and other controller free user interfaces. This might be the camera we see in devices like the Xbox 360 Kinect in the future. “The availability of a high-performance, low-cost 3D camera with built-in audio and video will dramatically contribute to the adoption of 3D gesture-based interfaces and applications by consumers,” said Andre Miodezky, CEO of Optrima. “We’re very excited to be the first company to bring such a product to the market and look forward to working with our customers to bring the product to the market in 2011.”