mobilekinectpatent Microsoft patents mobile Kinect with home movie creation

Microsoft has patented technology that could result in a mobile version of the Kinect camera, with the added feature of being able to make home movies on it.

Microsoft has patented technology that could result in a mobile version of the Kinect camera, with the added feature of being able to make home movies on it.

 
The Redmond, Washington-based company was granted two patents yesterday to cover the new technology, which could become part of the next Xbox or may be launched as a separate product for a wider audience.
 
The first patent, numbered 20120196679, covers “real-time camera tracking using depth maps” via a mobile depth camera (i.e. a tetherless Kinect) for use in computer games and robotics. The camera will be capable of registering “over 20 frames per second,” which is quite low for modern gamers, but this is likely only the starting figure while the device is still in development. Of course, in terms of making movies, 20 frames per second is not far behind the norm of 24 frames per second, though Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit trilogy could change that, given it is being shot at 48 frames per second.
 
mobilekinectpatent Microsoft patents mobile Kinect with home movie creation
 
The second patent, numbered 20120194645, covers “living room movie creation,” directed, captured, and edited using a depth camera (i.e. a Kinect). This will employ a virtual movie set, with common household objects doubling as virtual props, and the camera capturing the motions of the actors. From the sounds of it, this is a mix of filming and augmented reality, the latter of which is an increasingly popular area of exploration.
 
Interestingly, both patents were filed on 31 January 2011, which means the company has been working on this technology for over a year and a half at this stage. This increases the likelihood that it will make it into its next console, widely expected to launch at the end of next year.
 
Source: Joystiq