A report has appeared online suggesting the specifications for the upcoming second edition of Microsoft’s Kinect technology. It seems somewhat improved over the original, though what that’ll do in terms of cost remains to be seen – if indeed these rumours turn out to be true.
This leak comes from where else but VGLeaks, which lists the following improvements to the tech:
- Improved field of view results in much larger play space.
- RGB stream is higher quality and higher resolution.
- Depth stream is much higher resolution and able to resolve much smaller objects.
- Higher depth stream accuracy enables separating objects in close depth proximity.
- Higher depth stream accuracy captures depth curvature around edges better.
- Active infrared (IR) stream permits lighting independent processing and feature recognition.
- End to end pipeline latency is improved by 33 ms.
On top of that, it also has some raw numbers for the specifications lined up against those of the original Kinect:
The specs aren’t hugely different from those of the original – commenters are already pointing out that the latency issue isn’t massively improved. Perhaps the biggest change though comes from the colour stream, which sees a big jump to its resolution.
KitGuru Says: Microsoft recently said that over 30 million people now owned Kinects. I imagine some of you must have one. Have you enjoyed it? Would you buy a new, better version?