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The sensor comes with a software development kit for add-on functions or embedding the technology into applications. Occipital offers the example of an augmented reality haunted house app the could show infrared-detected but otherwise invisible ghosts on the tablet as users walk around a completely dark room. Other augmented reality applications, the company said, could include virtual balls interacting with real objects, or a virtual pet that plays fetch inside the physical world.
The Structure Sensor continues a line of development begun with such products as Microsoft 's Kinect 3D depth sensor for gesture-based control of the Xbox videogame. Kinect is being modified for other applications in science, technology, education, medicine and the arts, including the ability to use it as a rudimentary 3D sensor. Kinect, however, requires power from an outlet, and is cumbersome when used as a mobile object or room sensor.