PrimeSense 3D sensor

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

PrimeSense has partnered with ASUS an entered the market with their own 3D sensor, the Xtion Pro Live (There’s actually the Xtion Pro model which doesn’t have a RGB camera…so if you’re just interested in getting 3D data but not actual image data, this is the version for you).

I can’t get one of these yet…just got the Kinect to play with. But here are the comparisons.

KinectXtion Pro Live



Kinect SpecsXtion Pro Live specs

Google cr-48 laptop

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

I got a nice surprise on Monday night after I got home from our work holiday party. My neighbor dropped off a package that he signed for me. It felt pretty substantial. It was approximately the size of two pizza boxes stacked on top of each other.

When I opened up the outer box the inner box had an exploded view illustration of a mouse driven contraption. It took me a few seconds and then it clicked…it was the Google laptop that I had applied for as a beta tester!!! I was totally excited.

Its case is designed similar to the black Macbook. The finish is also similar…a bit rubbery. I really like the feel. I powered it up and started to play with it. The trackpad was the first thing that I noticed…because it didn’t work that well. I’m still trying to get use to it. I think the setting is too sensitive and there’s not a lot of configuration that can be adjusted in the settings. As part of the beta testing program you’re suppose to submit comments, bugs, etc. So, I think this was one of the first comment that I submitted.

All in all it’s pretty cool. This is Google’s foray into hardware that ties to their apps in the cloud infrastructure. I’m excited to be one of the first users/testers of this concept. I’ll be posting more…stay tuned.

12.1″ screen (1280×800)
16 GB Drive (SSD)
2GB memory
VGA port
1 USB port
1 headphone jack
SD card slot

Details from here:
Processor: Intel Atom Processor N455 1.66GHz 512K Cache
Chipset: Intel CG82NM10 PCH
Motherboard: Tripod Motherboard MARIO – 6050A240910 – MB – A03
Ram: Hynix 2GB DDR3 1Rx8 PC3 – 10600S Ram

Read Only Memory: ITE IT8500E Flash ROM
SSD Drive: SanDisk sdsa4dh-016G 16GB SATA SSD
Wireless Wan: Qualcomm Gobi2000 PCI Express Mini Card
3g Adapter: AzureWave 802.11 a/b/g/n PCI-E Half MiniCard
Bluetooth: Atheros AR5BBU12 Bluetooth V2.1 EDR

New Camping Gear

Friday, October 21st, 2005

I was down in Soho today and dropped by EMS to see if they had any new gear/gadgets. One of the salespersons, John, showed me these Orikaso fold flat serving vessels! I bought one of each…a cup, a bowl and a multi-configuration dish.

I proudly display them here.  :)

The cool thing about these is that they pack flat! So they’re great for camping. They’re also really cheap. The plate was $6, the bowl was $3 and the cup was $4.