Microsoft turns (almost) any camera into a Kinect

It looks like Microsoft Research is having a lot of fun with cameras these days. Not only have they stabilized your unusable GoPro footage and made something awesome with it, now they’re transforming your smartphone into a full-fledged Kinect.

Microsoft has been working on ways to make any regular 2D camera capture depth, meaning it could do some of the same things a Kinect does. As you can see in the video below the team managed to pull this off and we might see this tech all around in the near future.

What’s really impressive is that this works with many types of cameras. The research team used a smartphone as well as a regular webcam and both managed to achieve some impressive results. Of course the cameras have to be slightly modified but that's only to permit more IR light to hit the sensor. 

Considering cameras are basically in every device nowadays and the modifications needed are tiny it’s not hard to imagine a future where users will have the option to control all of their devices via gesture-based commands.

Source: Microsoft Research via: Ubergizmo

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Of course the cameras have to be slightly modified but that's only to permit more IR light to hit the sensor.


what does that mean? i have never modified a camera in my life. this sounds strange...

does it mean to slap a filter on it? or something else?

It actually means taking out the IR filter that most cameras have. It's not something you can do easily in your home - especially no to your laptop webcam for ex - but it can be very easily done in an industrial capacity and create a lot of these cameras.

Vlad Dudau said,
It actually means taking out the IR filter that most cameras have. It's not something you can do easily in your home - especially no to your laptop webcam for ex - but it can be very easily done in an industrial capacity and create a lot of these cameras.

thanks for explaining :)

So we are moving from keys to touch to touchless! Great! From Desktops to Laptops to Surface! From phones to mobiles to smartphones to phablets! From TV to TV boxes to Xbox! And they say MS has no vision!

Would be awesome if that's why they dropped kinect from some skus. If this pans out, nearly everyone would have one anyways, if wanted.