Our top picks for Kinect ingenuity #1

Dec. 27, 2012

Consumer-grade range cameras such as the Kinect have the potential to be used in mapping applications, but to realize their potential, some insight into the geometric quality of the data that they acquire is essential. To achieve this, Professor Kourosh Khoshelham at the University of Twente has analyzed the accuracy and resolution of the depth data from the Kinect sensor. In his work, he discovered that the random error of depth measurement increases with increasing distance to the Kinect sensor, and ranges from a few millimeters up to about 4 cm at the maximum range of the sensor. He also found that the depth resolution of the device decreases quadratically with increasing distance from the sensor.

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