SAN JOSE, Calif. - Canesta Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Microsoft Corp.
Canesta is a developer of 3-D sensing technology for user interfaces and other applications. Canesta makes a single-chip 3-D sensing technology platform.
No details of the agreement have been disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be completed before the end of this year.
''Canesta has invented a family of tiny CMOS 3-D 'camera' chips that can provide a real-time, 3-D "depth map" of the surrounding area to PCs, consumer electronics devices such as televisions, videogames, or smartphones. The technology enables revolutionary 3-D user experiences that dramatically improve device functionality and convenience, and are just plain fun to use,'' according to the firm.
Last year, Canesta raised $16 million in additional capitalization. Joining returning investors Carlyle Growth Partners, Hotung Venture Group, and Venrock were two new strategic investors – Quanta Computer Inc. and SMSC.
There was apparant need for 3D camera as 3D TV gets more popularity. However, we wish following:
Are this 3D camera sensor chip HD, 1080P at 30 fps?
Also, what kind of data rate will need to interface this sensors in full HD mode? Will HDMI suffice thier requirement? Will it need MPEG-5?
Alongwith this new 3D camera sensros, do we need arrival new 3D monitors for PCs and laptops?
@t.alex its not an accelerometer.
3D cameras are used to find the distance of a point from the camera. Its similar to a RADAR where you send out a pulse and measure the Time of Arrival of the reflected pulse. Once you find the distance of all the points you can create a 3D surface.
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