Official 3D modeling tool finally comes to Kinect for Windows


We’ve already seen what hackers can do with a repurposed Kinect as a 3D scanner to help a retail robot manage a store, and turn people into real-time 3D models . Now, Microsoft is finally working on releasing an official 3D modeling tool to Kinect for Windows users.

Kinect Fusion , as spotted by Engadget, was originally developed as a research project by the Microsoft Research lab in Cambridge. But now the team has announced that it has begun working on a release for the Kinect for Windows community.

Kinect Fusion will allow you to scan a room or create a digital replica of an object using the continuous stream of data from the depth-sensing sensor. All you have to do is wave it around to make sure the camera is sweeping the area. The team says that its 3D-rendering tool will let you create 3D models of objects or environments, and that it can even record 3D measurements.

Maybe now you’ll finally be able to scan your skateboard like they showed you could with first Kinect video at E3 2009.

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