What do you think Apple will do with the Kinect (Dot Projector and Infared Camera) in the iPhone X?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Starfyre, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    I think were underestimating the Dot Projector on the front of the iPhone X used for FaceID here. It looks like this is something that is equivalent, if not more accurate than the Microsoft Kinect.


    Possible Applications I think that could be unlocked in the future.

    1) An API similar to the Kinect API, but instead of a device that sits next to your home theater or TV, it's all in your phone. Developers could pretty much use this for any application the Microsoft Kinect has.

    2) Detect gestures, and other body parts including hands, fingers, feet.

    3) Gaming! Think about Just Dance 2017 for XBox One... on your phone. iPhone screen too small? Put your iPhone X in front of your TV with a stand, and use Airplay to mirror onto your TV through Apple TV.

    The Dot Projector can build a unique "lidar-like" projection of your room and identify objects and the distance to them.

    What do you guys think? Is this possible? Can anyone think of other ones that could be possible?
  2. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    I assumed the Snapchat demo at the iPhone X Launch was vastly superior to existing phones because of the dot projector? Possible on existing phones, but not as good.
  3. twinlight macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2016
    Sign language as input. But its a quite some time left.
  4. MacManiac1 macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2017
    I wonder what the range is of the devices? I imagine that it is optimized for a relatively short distance, ie: your hand to your face. I don’t think it would work so well to put it in a stand and have it watch you dance.

    I do suspect that you could do hand gestures and it would detect that. Flick your hand to go to the next page, flick up, flick down, flick left, flick right. All possible.
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I think the dot projector and the IR camera are tuned for close operation. Not sure about the whole room.
  6. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Who would this help? Deaf people can type in text based languages, and sign language requires more motion than typing so there really isn’t a disabled person who would be helped by this.
  7. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    Built in 3D scanner, object modeling
    But maybe that’s the “S”
  8. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    The latest VW in-car entertainment units use hand gestures to scroll through certain menus.

    I guess we could see it used on a phone, say for 'page down/up' scrolling on web pages, ebooks etc.
  9. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    This tech + ARKit, the application is limitless.
  10. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    I’m trying to think when these hand gestures would actually be useful though— in a phone.

    If I’m already holding my phone, I can just swipe to scroll up, down, etc.

    If my phone is a fair distance away from me, chances are I’m not using it to browse the web.
  11. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    Wet/dirty fingers? Not sure.

    Possibly more useful in tablets.
  12. twinlight macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2016

    You are right. I was thinking more like gestures primarily. Sign language as input will probably be very limited use and slow and cumbersome.
  13. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    It's definitely optimized for short range.

    But most likely they'll add a long-range version to the back in the future. It would greatly increase Camera and AR capabilities.

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