For all the 3D reconstructionistas in the house, prepare to dilate your eyes with rays of glorious 3D capturing bliss. If you have a Microsoft Kinect at your house, you know the possibility that lies within its depth sensing lasers to capture objects, movement and movement of objects. It’s all coming together and these are just a couple ways you’ll see it happening in… oh, how about THIS VERY INSTANT.


ReconstructMe is a project (currently in beta) that allows you to capture objects in real-time using a Microsoft Kinect sensor demonstrated below with a few quick prances around your favorite office chair.

The software spits out an .stl of the scanned object which allows you, of course, to import the data into many different 3D CAD programs or send it directly to a 3D printer.

ReconstructMe is an easy to use real-time 3D reconstruction system. With ReconstructMe you simply grab your camera and move around freely. While you move, the system continuously updates and refines your model.

Scan, Print, Simple as that. (Just like I said… who needs PirateBay!) Their plan is to ship beta as early as February 28th. Here’s a quick look at how it works.

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Kinect on your Lap

The Daily is reporting more detail on the Kinect tech to come to your lappy. Particularly, that prototypes are out in the wild, the motion control tech will be exclusive for multiple manufacturer, so no other competing motion control systems are cutting in, and you’ll be able to login in with nothing but your face and speaking your password. Not necessarily secure when you’re working out of the coffee shop, but hey, that is the price of COOL. Does this mean keyboards are out? No, but now that we’ve given our computers eyes and sensors, it’s only a matter of time before they look at you sitting two feet away and start generating laser-guided laugh algorithms as they reconstruct you picking your nose.

Thanks Daniel and Ion!


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