[ros-users] Primesense cameras no longer available?

Daniel Perea Ström riverstrom at gmail.com
Wed Jan 22 02:47:29 UTC 2014

Microsoft released 500 units of "alpha" version of Kinect Version 2 for PC
through a developers program:

I'm one of those developers in the program, and the new sensor is more
accurate and more robust to adverse lighting conditions. If you search for
"Kinect for Windows alpha" there are several videos of preliminary results
from developers around the world. The final retail version is planned for
the summer.

It seems Microsoft have extended the program to 500 more developers until
January 31st, so there is a new chance to get your hands on one. Anyways,
as far as I can see, the device is actually the Kinect that comes with XBox
One, but including an adapter from the proprietary Kinect V2 connector to
USB 3.0. And, of course, access to the SDK... but open source drivers are
already in development: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/openkinect

On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:47 AM, James Ronald <james.ronald at gmail.com>wrote:

> Supposedly the new and much improved Kinect Version 2 which uses a
> different technology make Prime Sense obsolete.  I can't believe that we
> have not heard more about the new sensor.
> Here's a blip from Microsoft from early last year:
> http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2013/05/23/the-new-generation-kinect-for-windows-sensor-is-coming-next-year.aspx
> Anyone know the scoop?
> - Jim
> On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 8:27 PM, Arkapravo Bhaumik <
> arkapravobhaumik at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I had seen this coming, neither ASUS nor Prime Sense ever made a big
>> publicity of their product which was much better than MS Kinect. On the
>> contrary LEAP, that is also a motion controller/sensor though of a
>> different design/make etc and cannot be a replacement for ASUS or Prime
>> Sense, they did make lot of publicity of their product.
>> Even then, I would be surprised if ASUS Xtion went off the stores as ASUS
>> has a gaming console [1] based on the Xtion !
>> [1]
>> http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/asus-enters-video-game-console-war-with-wavi-xtion/25093
>> On 22 January 2014 06:44, Chris Jones <chris.jones at overthrowrobotics.com>wrote:
>>> Primesense has shrunk their website down to just a single page and taken
>>> down all information on their sensors. I just sent them a message through a
>>> form on their site. Has anyone heard, are they no longer selling cameras? I
>>> need the Carmine 1.09 for my boxing robot that I hope to bring to market in
>>> the next few months.
>>> Asus Xtion Pro Live (Carmine 1.08 clone) is on the Asus website but
>>> they've pulled it from their store.
>>> If they are no longer available that's going to be a huge blow to
>>> robotics projects everywhere.
>> --
>> *Arkapravo Bhaumik*
>> http://mobotica.blogspot.in/p/head.html
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