Kinect hacked to build 3D maps of reality

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


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.



  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

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