Tuesday, 06 October 2015 22:23

Orbbec claims world first 3D Camera-Computer


It looks a bit like a shrunken Kinect but has Ubuntu and Android built-in and should ship from February 2016.

One of the latest projects at Indiegogo is a new claimed ‘World-First 3D Camera-Computer’ from Orbbec, called the Orbbec Persee.

The project sought US $40,000 in funding but with 26 days to go has already blown past that with US $53,111 raised by 167 people in just 5 days.

It makers expect it will be used for digital art, 3D scanning and printing ‘maker projects’, tracking, tinkering and automating things at home or work, for research work, for robotics, for interactive projects, as a coding platform and for entrepreneurial and innovative businesses.

Its makers say it is a ‘versatile, low-cost device that can fit in the palm of your hand,’ and can ‘plug into your TV [via HDMI] or run without a display, and you can interact with it entirely through the built-in 3D camera.’

They also say they want ‘artists, hackers, creative coders and pioneering developers to use Persee, give us feedback and make 3D experiences that take intelligent computing to the next level.’

Not just a 3D camera, it’s a fully functioning computer, complete with quad-core ARM processor, 2GB RAM, 2 microphones, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, SD card reader USB 2.0 port and more.

Orbbec says its devices are better than other 3D devices on the market today, offering the highest resolution, longest range, lowest latency and exceptional accuracy.

Here’s Orbbec’s promotional Vimeo video.

Orbbec Persee: World's First 3D Camera-Computer from Orbbec 3D on Vimeo.

You can find out plenty more about the Orbbec Persee, its talented founders and plenty more at its Indiegogo page here and at Orbbec’s home page here.

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