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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Software for 3D scanning using Kinect

Nicolas Burrus' company has been kind enough to make available software for 3D scanning using a Kinect device that anyone can use for both Windows and OSX.

What you obtain is a colored point cloud and not a mesh, but using software like meshlab you can turn that into triangular mesh.

The way you use this software is by handholding your Kinect and moving it around the object or room you want to scan as if you were painting all the space. The point cloud is growing larger every time you move to a different area of the scene or object.

Result is not as impressive as Kinect Fusion demos but, contrary to the former, this one is available. I guess the will keep on improving the system to obtain better spatial resolution with less noise.

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