From a pure performance standpoint, the Kinect camera is also well suited for my applications and is cheaper as well. What benefits does the Basler ToF camera offer compared with the Kinect 2.0 from Microsoft?
Unlike Microsoft's Kinect, which is a mass market consumer product, the Basler ToF camera is intended for industrial use and industrial customers. This means it will be available for a much longer period and has been designed for robustness and stability. Its lifecycle will also be managed with industrial customers in mind, including timely announcements before phase-out and last time buy deadlines. Consumer products such as the Kinect by contrast sometimes disappear overnight, without any promise of a successor product.