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waterproof kinect ?

Mar 22 2012 | 6:38 pm

I would like to track hands gestures in water.
I can’t find any waterproof kiect on the net.
Would you know about this ?


Mar 22 2012 | 8:14 pm

Hi Ad,

maybe you should try to put the kinect in a sealed box


Mar 22 2012 | 8:40 pm

Just an idea, never used this stuff. :)

How deep will the kinect go into the water?


Mar 22 2012 | 8:44 pm

You should still try it, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Kinect’s form of depth tracking wouldn’t work very well (if at all) in water. It sprays out a pattern of infrared dots, and uses the distance between those dots (very simplified, this) to determine distance. Water refracts light differently, and would probably confuse the hell out of a Kinect.

Might be cool, though.

Mar 22 2012 | 9:04 pm

indeed, and you have to make sure that your container doesn’t stop IR light.

Mar 22 2012 | 11:25 pm

i don’t think it wont work because of different refraction in water. Isn’t that problem only occuring if you let it "look" through the change of medias? I mean, we see quite normal under water, don’t we? Only if we look into the water our eyes being in air, we see the refraction problems. right?

Mar 23 2012 | 12:52 am

Possibly – but the medium is still a bit more, well, fluid, than air is. Go shine a flash light under water (or maybe a laser beam is a better thing to evaluate with, which might not bend as much).

Plus it’s gotta be in a container of some kinda, it’s not going to have the IR element directly submerged, there will be at least some form of distortion occurring.

I think. I honestly don’t know, as I’ve never really played with flashlights underwater. :P

Mar 23 2012 | 10:41 am

thx all.
I should put the IR primesensor into the water to obtain the depth map, even if the kinect is outside… don’t see any other solutions.

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