Thursday, October 28, 2010

14M Kinect Modules to be Shipped in 2010

Digitimes: Taiwan-based optical lens maker Newmax Technology has become the only supplier of camera modules used in Microsoft Kinect. I believe Newmax makes webcam modules for Kinect, rather than the depth-mapping ones.

The company plans to ship as many as 14 million units of these modules in 2010, according to Digitimes' sources.

8 comments:

  1. what is the annual sales of X-box?
    thanks !

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  2. Used to be 11-12M a year. But now, with Kinect interface it might be more.

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  3. something for Aptina :)

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  4. I heard that there are two aptina sensors inside. My question is: what is patentable in PrimeSense solution? I think that they use structured light approach with a laser projector. The basic concept is not patentable from my point of view.

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  5. How about the eye safty in such a solution?
    The laser power is quit high if they use a legacy CMOS sensor. The laser power should be > 300mW, it's quit crazy for gaming users who can stay in front of the laser for hours!!!!!!!

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  6. @ "The laser power should be > 300mW"

    I do not think that Microsoft team has ignored eye safety.

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  7. I know some companies having evaluated Primesens solution. They have constated an unusual eye fatigue after being exposed to the IR laser projection. Actually, this is quit confused but the issue will be raised very soon, just like the EM radiation problem in mobile handsets. The danger here is even larger because of the potential exposure time during gaming or TV watching!!!

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  8. I've worked on a face recognition camera with snapshot CMOS sensor and a pulsed LED. I used 8 LEDs pulsed at 1A per LED during 50us. Very often after having exposed to this camera, I can feel an eye-pressure increase and big fatigue. So I will never buy such device ...

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