A Comparison between Active and Passive 3D Vision Sensors: BumblebeeXB3 and Microsoft Kinect

  • Diana Beltran
  • Luis Basañez
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 252)


This paper shows a performance comparison of two sensors capable of obtaining depth information using two different methods, i.e. stereo information and infrared based depth measurement. The sensors are a Bumblebee XB3 and a Microsoft Kinect, and they provide in-depth information with some advantages and disadvantages that will be presented and evaluated in this paper. The analysis compares the devices single characteristics and tests their performance.


BumblebeeXB3 Kinect Point Cloud 3D measurements 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Technical University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain

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