20 March 2012
This project presents next-generation webcam hardware and software prototypes. The new prototype webcam has an extremely wider view angle than traditional webcams and can capture stereo movie and high-accuracy depth images simultaneously. Users can chat with stereoscopic video. Accurate depth-image processing can support not only all Kinect scenarios on a PC, but also a gesture-control user interface without a touch screen, gesture controlled Windows 8 Metro UI is one of our showcase. With 1 IR and 2 RGB cameras, the cost of the design is similar to that of current webcams, and the webcam potentially could be miniaturized as a mobile camera. The project also showcases new user scenarios in playing finger-controlled slingshot game with this webcam.