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Hacking the Kinect by Matt Parker, Daniel Herrera C., Florian Echtler, Nicolas Burrus, Jeff Kramer

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C H A P T E R  2

Hardware

In this chapter, you will extensively explore the Kinect hardware, covering all aspects of the system including foibles and limitations. This will include the following:

  • How the depth sensing works
  • Why you can't use your Kinect outside
  • System requirements and limitations

Let's get started.

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Figure 2-1. Kinect external diagram

Depth Sensing

Figure 2-1 will serve as your guidebook to the Kinect hardware. Let's start with the depth sensing system. It consists of two parts: the IR laser emitter and the IR camera. The IR laser emitter creates a known noisy pattern of structured IR light at 830 nm. The output of the ...

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