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Netbook with depth sensor is on the way it seems. But from description it's not Kinect. Kinect use one IR laser and one IR camera, and project dense pseudo-random pattern.
http://mirror2image.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/how-kinect-works-stereo-triangulation/
String of sensors and LED/Lasers looks like more primitive structured light system - instead of tens of thousands pattern point it has only low-tens pattern points.
There is possibility that each light source project not point but line - in that case it will be able to get some nontrivial depth information, though still not so good as Kinect probaly. But that option is not likely - in that case there would be one camera, not string of cameras/sensors on top,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structured-light_3D_scanner
Guess manufacturers were unable to secure license to PrimeSense technology. Power requirement are not likely the reason, considering handheld laser picoprojectors have enough power for colored video.
The Daily claims to have seen two Windows 8 netbook prototypes with a Kinect sensor mounted in the chassis, built by Asus and sanctioned by Microsoft. Given that the Redmond company officially announc...
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