[ros-users] Kinect as normal stereo cam?

Michael Koval koval.michael at gmail.com
Mon Aug 8 03:03:18 UTC 2011

With the auto-adjustments enabled the cameras performed poorly outside
because bright glare would cause the images to desaturate. With the
automatic settings disabled I noticed some flickering in the images, but
they otherwise looked consistent. I would not be concerned about the
flickering because it was likely caused by a noisy power source and not
anything intrinsic to the cameras.

If you decide to use PS3 Eye cameras as a stereo pair, you might want to
take a look at the PS3-specific camera driver that I wrote [1]. It only
works with the PS3 Eye and is not as well documented as uvc_cam, but it gave
me much better synchronization results as of several months ago (however,
this may no longer be true). Also, the "Synchronization" section in this
report [2] on my website has a few pictures of what a properly synchronized
pair of cameras looks like.

[1]: https://github.com/mkoval/stereo_webcam
[2]: http://mkoval.org/downloads/projects/igvc/igvc_capstone.pdf
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