I would use a kinect but that's too cumbersome. I want to ditch the camera and the microphones leaving me with the "3d sensor" but what is this mystery sensor even made of? I would use some sort of radar depth detection but that's too finite, I want to view objects more like a camera would with the additional sense of distance. Is this possible?
** EDIT **
Too add a bit more clarity: What I want is a "3d camera" but I don't know what technology is out there for my using. The closest thing I can think of is what Passerby mentioned as the kinect camera: "
The depth sensor consists of an infraredlaser projector combined with a monochromeCMOS sensor, which captures video data in 3D under any ambient light conditions."
My target project is to be able to walk around a room with this "3d camera" and have it collect data about the room which I can then use to create a 3d blueprint in .obj form. Color is irrelevant for the first phase of the project.