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Great web cam + excellent depth and tracking abilities
on October 23, 2013
Arthur C. Clarke's third law states that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic", and nothing could be stated more precisely to describe the Senz3D. On the surface the Senz3D looks like any other high-end web cam, and as such it performs flawlessly. However, hidden behind its second lens lies the true magic of this device. In addition to providing an HD RGB camera, the Senz3D is a depth camera that can track your hands and face. Think Kinect and Leap rolled into one. This tiny device, it's actually smaller than my Logitech 920, can track both hands and finger tips with ease. It's a near lag free experience, on par with Leap and feels light-years ahead of Kinect and Xtion cameras.
Initially I would have given this device a 5 star rating, but after playing with it for a few days I downgraded my enthusiasm. Not for the lack of ability, but for the lack of App support. Once you get over the initial WOW, the lack of software makes the device less useful than it really should be.
Overall, it feels more like a developer tool, which is not a bad thing. The bundled Apps are ok...not great. The true realization of the cameras capabilities can only really be seen with the SDK. After playing with the SDK, its breadth of uses seem more evident than Kinect, and more capable and effortless to use then Leap. With stronger App support I would not hesitate to give it a 5+ star rating. If you're a developer and/or enthusiast of depth recognition this is a must have device.
- Build quality: excellent, on par with other high end web cams. Easy to place on monitor and feels very sturdy
- Hand and finger tracking: tracks your hands in any position with relative ease, even very close to the camera itself.
- HD RGB: makes for a great web cam - worked seamlessly with Skype
- Depth: hi-res depth map is clear and solid. A real step up.
- Lag: hardly noticeable. My hands and fingers are tracked reliably.
- SDK: excellent features - hand/finger tracking, face tracking, voice recognition, background removal
- Use: effortless is the best way to describe it. You don't need to think about placing your hands "correctly" in front of the camera in order for it to work.
- Latency: superior to any other devices like Kinect, or the Xtion cam.
- Small size
- No Mac/Linux support. Why only Windows?
- Limited Apps. I realize the device has just been released, so I'm looking forward to seeing what types of products start popping up.
- No Windows 8 control. For a device that only works on Windows, why not include Win8 control? Limits the Senz3D's usefulness.