Aug 18 2011

KinectFusion builds 3D models in real time

imageFrom KinectFusion HQ:

“KinectFusion, a system that takes live depth data from a moving depth camera and in real-time creates high-quality 3D models. The system allows the user to scan a whole room and its contents within seconds. As the space is explored, new views of the scene and objects are revealed and these are fused into a single 3D model. The system continually tracks the 6DOF pose of the camera and rapidly builds a volumetric representation of arbitrary scenes.”

Would probably only work at night or under low lighting- but I wonder what this would do in a forest understory?   Would attempt to model a solid surface- but would that be useful?

Hmmm… Definitely deserves to be experimented with!

Aug 17 2011

Kinect for ArcGlobe

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Yet another reason to get a Kinect - we can get more exercise while using ArcGIS !

According to this blog post- we can use a Kinect to navigate ArcGlobe:

The Applications Prototype Lab atEsri has just completed a prototype using a Kinect to navigate in ArcGlobe.

To fly forward, the user can raise their right hand. The display will navigate in the direct the right hand is pointing. We call this “superman navigation”. If the left hand is elevated, the display will pivot around a central location on the globe surface. And lastly, if both hands are raised, the screen will zoom in or out as the hands are both together or apart.

http://blogs.esri.com/Dev/blogs/apl/archive/2011/08/10/Kinect-for-ArcGlobe.aspx

Shall we get one?

Aug 03 2011

Kinect 3D Scanning for Archeologists

As we’ve seen before, Kinect 3D scanning keeps getting more popular all the time, including for outdoor work in the sciences:  “Archaeologists Now Use Kinect to Build 3-D Models During Digs”.

 

Still some clear and major issues with using the Kinect outside and for scanning forests, maybe it is time to give this a try in the lab?

Feb 21 2011

Time to Kinect!

Microsoft to release Kinect for Windows SDK this spring!

Microsoft will be releasing the Kinect for Windows SDK. According to Microsoft, "It will be available this spring as a free download, and will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to key pieces of the Kinect system-such as the audio technology, system application programming interfaces and direct control of the Kinect sensor itself."

From: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/21/microsoft-to-release-kinect-for-windows-sdk-this-spring/

Microsoft: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2011/02/21/kinect-for-windows-sdk-to-arrive-spring-2011.aspx

Jan 24 2011

From Wired UK: Kinect hack builds 3D maps of the real world

Wow!  This from http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-01/24/3d-kinect-map 

“Noted Kinect-tinkerer Martin Szarski has used a car, a laptop, an Android smartphone and the aforementioned Xbox 360 peripheral to make a DIY-equivalent of Google Street View….  All he needs to do is drive down his street, as the Kinect, laptop and Android team log a series of colour images, 3D point clouds and global positions into a collection of data points. Throw those into a custom-made program, and voila; you have a 3D model of your street, and its geo-tagged for easy placement on an map like Google Earth.”

It looks like we had better get a Kinect for the Lab!