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Kinect thermal imaging

asked 2013-04-18 09:25:27 -0500

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Can kinect sensor be used as a thermal imaging camera and return body temperature ?

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answered 2013-04-18 09:45:37 -0500

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No, not that i know of. The Kinect IR sensor works with an IR wavelength not far away from visible light (830nm), which is too short for thermal imaging.

Also there may be a lot more reasons, why this isn't working, that i dont know of. :)

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To test for yourself, turn off the lights, cover up the IR projector, point the kinect at something hot, and take a look at the IR image stream. @Ben_S is correct that you won't see anything (I've tried).

Dan Lazewatsky gravatar image Dan Lazewatsky  ( 2013-04-18 10:06:11 -0500 )edit

The human body has a wavelength around 10 micrometers. So compared to the bandwidth of the kinect, it's not even worth it trying :-)

Stephane.M gravatar image Stephane.M  ( 2013-04-22 21:11:55 -0500 )edit

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