[ros-users] Primesense cameras no longer available?
zillich at acin.tuwien.ac.at
Wed Jan 22 09:01:07 UTC 2014
We have the same problem, and have been exploring alternatives (we need
sensors now, not in summer ..)
We did initial successful tests with the Argos P100:
It is (like the new kinect) a time of flight sensor. So has quite good
robustness to adverse lighting conditions.
Also has a range from like 1 cm (!) to several meters. And, just in case
you need it, can do 160 fps. (it then does get quite hot though, as the
illuminating LEDs require more power - at 30 fps it just gets a bit warm)
It also is a lot smaller then the new kinect will be, so should easily
fit onto your pan/tilt unit or wherever.
On the down side it currently only does 160x120, as opposed to the
320x240 which the old kinect did. And is a bit noisier than then kinect,
though I think we did not yet fully explore the various parameters for
And it is a depth only camera, so you will have to use (and calibrate)
an additional color camera to get RGBD. But that too can be done
And, of course, there is a ROS driver for it, which worked fine for us.
On 01/22/2014 02:14 AM, Chris Jones 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.
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