Microsoft's Newest Trick Turns Ordinary Cameras Into Baby KinectsMario Aguilar8/14/14 3:20pmFiled to: depth cameraskunectcamerasmicrosoftresearchsiggraphReframe164EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkDepth cameras aren't new technology, but shrinking them down to the size of a smartphone so that it can see in 3D the way a Kinect can remains a challenge. New work by researchers at Microsoft illustrates how any old smartphone could be used to sense 3D space. Technology Review reports the new research which is being presented at SIGGRAPH today. The hope is to bring a simplified version of the 3D vision that's been tackled by Google's Project Tango on an ordinary phone or webcam. rather than using tons of application specific mobile devices with specialized chipsets and cameras, the research would enable 3D depth mapping with just a hardware tweak.