These Kinect applications are so cool not because there was no way to do this stuff before, but because now these projects can be undertaken with little more than a $150 piece of hardware you can find in any Best Buy. Take this video: I'm sure this kind of 3D holographic mapping has been done before, but I very much doubt it's been done by one dude in his bedroom using a gadget that'll be on the wish lists of the world's teenagers.
The depth sensor and camera combination allow Oliver Kreylos to retain a 3D view of his bedroom while spinning the entire room like a top. Of course, since the camera remains stationary, it can't see through objects (leading to an incomplete picture), but it's still an amazing effect. Next, Kreylos says he's going to attempt to insert computer-generated graphics into real-world 3D video.single page
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