RealSense Depth Camera

Last month we have tested the new RealSense SR305 depth camera. This is a new low cost camera with a coded light projector and processor from Intel. The depth camera is optimized for best depth at 0.2-1.5m.

We were curious if this camera can be an alternative for normal webcams as a regular camera with added depth information. We can use this extra depth information to filter the regular camera image. So for example remove the background of a person standing in front of the camera or detect movement at a specific depth in front of the camera.

We have to dive a bit more into all the settings of the camera and the options to filter but so far the results are promising. From this kind of technology you can't expect filter results like a chroma key setup but still it is very useful to distinguish people or objects from the background. The camera is available for just $79,-.