Microsoft announces HoloLens depth sensor Project Kinect

You thought you'd heard the last of Kinect, didn't you?


Thought you'd heard the last of the Kinect name? Nope. During Build 2018, Microsoft announced its upcoming Project Kinect, a new depth sensor to be utilized with HoloLens and Azure AI. While details were spotty on the new tech initially, now Microsoft has shown off quite a bit more. The Microsoft Research Facility Summit offered some additional information about the upcoming tech as well as image quality via test unit.

Microsoft's representative Andrew Duanshowed off a 3D point clout that had been generated by PC at the event, as well as decent depth of field and a "wider" view. Project Kinect's specs include a 1024 x 1024 resolution, 225-950mw power consumption, and automatic pixel gain selection for HDR users.

There's no confirmed release date for Project Kinect, but as you can see in the demo, it definitely looks like it has some potential, especially when combined with the rest of the tech we've seen from Microsoft and its HoloLens thus far. We'll have to wait a bit longer for additional details on the tech, but for now? It certainly looks promising.

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