"Capri is small enough to fit into today's most popular Smartphones while still providing the highest depth performance"
PrimeSense will launch its next generation embedded 3D sensor, Capri, during the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The new Natural Interaction and 3D sensing solution chip is said to be the World’s Smallest 3D Sensing Device. The company said Capri is ten times smaller than its current solution, “making it ideal for embedding in consumer electronics devices such as PCs, tablets, laptops, mobile phones, TVs, consumer robotics and more. Samples for development and integration will be available by mid-2013.
Inon Beracha, CEO, PrimeSense mentioned that “Capri is small enough to fit into today’s most popular Smartphones while still providing the highest depth performance. We see Capri adding depth sensing and Natural Interaction to numerous devices”.
PrimeSense’s Light Coding patented technology solutions make 3D depth sensing possible. It works by coding the scene with near-IR light, which is invisible to the human eye. The solution then uses a standard off-the-shelf CMOS image sensor to read the coded light back from the scene.
Surprising medical application
The technology was selected to power Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect, allowing gamers to use their entire body to control play, action and movement of their onscreen characters. It was also embedded in iRobot’s robotics platform AVA. This breakthrough solution is already at work in hospitals and healthcare facilities speeding up patient treatment. Via local Wi-Fi and a cloud-based medical record system, the Ava collects patient data and can check vital signs with its connected octoscope, ultrasound devices and built-in stethoscope.