Sunday, September 29, 2013

Structure Sensor by Occipital

When I first saw this project on Kickstarter just a few days ago, I suddenly knew this was exactly was I was looking for to keep learning about RGBD sensors and all the very cool stuff that we can do with them. Moreover, this product has been engineered from scratch to play together with mobile devices like the iPad or any USB device.

The Structure Sensor is "The world's first 3D sensor for mobile devices", it features a depth sensor able to work within a range starting at 40cm to 3.5m and an onboard battery that provides up to 4 hours of active use. Another very cool thing is that, unlike the IR structured light projector, this one also emits a uniform IR light that will allow us to capture the scene in infrared. The sensor was originally announced working amazingly well with the iPad and also with the new iPhone 5S, but Occipital says that they will also provide open source drivers for Android and even OSX, Linux and Windows.

With all those great features and the fact that was designed to be portable, I believe that it will be a huge success. I wanted to be one of the first developers/hackers to try this thing out, so I decided to back this project and have access to this new amazing piece of technology. I can't wait to February 2014, when they promised they will deliver this sensor to their Kickstarter backers!

Also, I'm glad to say that this blog reached 15000 visits today and wanted to thank you all for your interest and the suggestions you send me by email. I will keep updating it little by little! Happy coding and hacking!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Moving photoconsistency-visual-odometry to Github

It has been a really long time since I last updated this blog. Today I decided to start moving the photoconsistency-visual-odometry project from its current location in Google Code to Github. Of course I will not only move the code from one place to another, I have started from simplifying the compilation process a little bit and I will keep updating the project little by little. For now on you will find the new version of this project in the following link, hope you like it and find it useful!