PrimeSense sensor on Ava
One of the key breakthroughs for robotics is the PrimeSense sensor, seen just below the iPad table. This depth camera is used for the gestural interface on Microsoft's Kinect gaming controller. Because it's produced at very high volume, this sensor is available for less than $100 to manufacturers, far cheaper than what comparable sensors cost only a few years ago. Ava will actually use two of these sensors and others to sense objects in front of it and their distance. Eventually, they could be used for gestural interfaces for Ava.
April 30, 2012 11:06 AM PDT
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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