# What type of equipment can I use to detect object 3d distance?

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.

• The question is too vague. You don't seem to really know what you want yourself. I think there are sort of two questions lurking in there. One is what type of electronics (or, really, sensors) can provide information about distance to objects and what are some good ways to visualize this information. One thing I would like to point out is that it is not clear if you want to have resolution in three dimensions or two (or 1, like radar, which only provides range information). I suspect this question will get closed if you don't try to make it more specific. – mkeith Feb 8 '15 at 0:06
• Wiki. The depth sensor consists of an infraredlaser projector combined with a monochromeCMOS sensor, which captures video data in 3D under any ambient light conditions. – Passerby Feb 8 '15 at 2:15
• Also, what ranges are you interested in (near to far), and how much range resolution do you need? Oh yes, and when you say "like a camera", just exactly how many discrete range cells do you need, and over what angle/FOV? – WhatRoughBeast Feb 8 '15 at 3:04
• I edited my question based on all three of your comments – Jacksonkr Feb 8 '15 at 6:18