Three-dimensional vision systems allow us to measure depth by using one or more cameras or sensors. Vision systems operating in the visible and IR spectrums can be categorised into the four groups shown below.
Amid much speculation and anticipation the Kinect for Xbox 360 was launched in November 2010 as a natural user interface for the Xbox 360 console. The Kinect – described by Microsoft as a ‘game changer’ -had sales figures surpassing any expectation, it sold over 8 million units in the first 60 days and briefly held the Guinness World Record for the “Fastest selling consumer electronics device” (surpassed by the ipad2). As of January 2012, over 18 million units have been shipped across the world.