View Full Version : Kinect hack turns tourists into 3D souvenirs

April 6th, 2011, 23:07
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As souvenirs go, a miniature replica (http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/02/fabricate-yourself-kinect-hack-turns-you-into-a-3d-puzzle-piece/) of yourself -- striking a pose of your choosing on Barcelona's La Rambla street -- is a far sight more original than a bullfights-and-senoritas snow globe. This past January, the hilariously titled BlablabLAB enlisted three Kinects (http://www.engadget.com/product/kinect) and a RepRap (http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/17/reprap-prints-transistors-but-fabs-have-little-to-fear/) machine to snap passersby and render them into personalized tchotchkes, in a project called Be Your Own Souvenir. Subjects stood atop a small platform, mimicking the human statues on La Rambla, as the Kinects captured their likeness in full 360-degree glory. The resulting images were then processed as a mesh reconstruction, saved as a G-code file, and then fed through a 3D printer -- and voila, out popped the tiny statuettes. If you're a fan of flashy editing and Kinect-based street experiments, check out the video after the break.