A research project uses the Kinect to instantaneously digitize and represent objects in 3D.

The title of the post isn’t entirely accurate as MirageBlocks, a demo shown at Microsoft Research TechFest, has plenty of software smarts so it’s not quite as simple as duct taping together a 3D projector and Kinect sensor.

In the video above you see Hrvoje Benko demo MirageBlocks – a research project which uses Kinect to be instantaneously digitized and represented in 3D. The original object can then be removed from the scene and the digital representation manipulated. Of course because you now have a digital representation, you can manipulate it in ways not possible with the physical object – making is larger, smaller or changing color and orientation in space.

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