PrimeSense has a cunning plan
Israeli outfit PrimeSense said that 3D gaming is only a
few months away. The outfit has come up with 3D sensing technology which
is being jacked under the bonnet of Microsoft's latest Xbox.
PrimeSense and several other Israeli companies have been
developing hardware and software for Project Natal. The software means that XBox users will be able to place
themselves literally 'in the game,' by attaching a box made by PrimeSense to
their systems. When a user walks into the range of the PrimeSense 3D
sensor, anything he or she does 'live' will be reflected in the actions of the
The PrimeSense sensor has a new chip the company has
developed based on a technology called "light coding." The device
receives an infrared pattern as an input, and produces a VGA-size depth image
of the scene. It works in full 3D, capable of translating depth and
distance into games - unlike another Sony gaming device it has been compared
to, called the EyeToy, which could only understand 2D.