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Kinect hacked to build 3D maps of reality

Sunday, 23rd January 2011 23:47 GMT By Brenna Hillier

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Kinect hacker extraordinaire Martin Szarski has built a homebrew analogue of Google Maps’ street view in full 3D, using a Kinect and a mobile phone. What did you do this weekend?

Kinect Hacks writes that Szarski popped a Kinect on his car to capture images and depth, while his Nexus One tracked GPS co-ordinates in order to put the data back together.

The result is an admittedly fuzzy but recognisable 3D re-creation of a local street. Amazing.

If you’re the deeply techy type you can replicate this at home – Szarski’s made the code he used freely available, and you can find details on his blog. Now, if we can just find some way to hook it into Minecraft…

Thanks, Joystiq.

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  1. Anders

    Madness. Lovely madness.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. sonny

    “What did you do this weekend?”

    At first I wanted to build an airplane out of gum and paper clips but then I decided to spend all my time on LBP2 :)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. the moon is my happy place

    @2 me too. In lbp1 all i did was a rocket car. Once i got lbp2 I idecided to continue on my project, but creativity kept interrupting….
    “why make a car with rockets when we have water and i can make a rocket boat?”
    Followed by…
    “why make a rocket boat when now u have better controlls and i can make a spaceship?”
    Followed by…
    “why make a spaceship with lazorz pew pew when i dont have anyone to pew pew?”
    So currently, after making all those things im mounted on my hover disk, with plasma lasers, gravitational controlls and warp-speed escape mechanisms waiting on a friend to test it on a vs. Match

    Awesome weekend. :)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Brenna

    @2 & 3 That is the only answer I could accept.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. XxT_I_K_IxX_PR

    At least they found a way to make Kinect useful :D

    #5 4 years ago
  6. XxT_I_K_IxX_PR

    by the way @3 awesome answer XD

    #6 4 years ago