Become Your Own Souvenir With Kinect

Become Your Own Souvenir With Kinect
technology

A clever hack in the form of an art installation uses custom software and 3D printing to create a souvenir sized version of the visitor.

Kyana Gordon
  • 7 april 2011

Interested in creating a mini version of yourself? It’s very possible thanks to Be Your Own Souvenir, a project actualized by Barcelona based blablabLAB.

This past January, the installation connected passersby with the arts and technology, allowing people to become active collaborators with blablabLAB . Each visitor assumed the dual role of producer and consumer, with the help of customized software using both openFrameworks and openKinect. The system invited each guest (acting  as a human statue) to be filmed in front of three kinect sensors for a full 360-degree scan. Real-time 3-D data was used to duplicate the best image of a subject via the hacked controller interface, then code was applied to turn the data points into a volumetric 3-D model. Moments later, the RapMan 3.1 3D printer ejected a figurine-sized version of the participant. blablabLAB describes the project’s aim:

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