When we first got an early look at Kinect Fusion at Microsoft’s research labs back in December 2011 it seemed like a technology that would take years to be made available as a product, but Microsoft is doing that very soon. The software maker announced today that the 3D object scanning capabilities of Kinect Fusion will be baked into the Kinect for Windows SDK in a future release. Alongside an update for hand recognition, Kinect is getting even more powerful for developers.
Microsoft has previously demonstrated the capabilities of Kinect Fusion, using the technology to make a 3D scan of Sir Isaac Newton’s death mask, cast from Newton’s face following his death. The new feature will allow developers and engineers to create highly…
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Question by : My samsung galaxy indulge phone keeps scanning my phone and I don’t know why? I have a Metro PCS Samsung Galaxy Indulge. It was fine until this morning for some reason it keeps scanning my External SD card. It scans and then completes it, but it keeps doing it after that, I already turned it off and then on, i took out the memory card too, but it keeps doing it and its irritating me.
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Lookin’ to get your Grown Nerd on? Look no further. We just sat through 1.5 hours of high-brow technobabble here at SIGGRAPH 2011, where a gaggle of gurus with IQs far, far higher than ours explained in detail what the future of 3D face scanning would hold. Scientists from ETH Zürich, Texas A&M, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University as well as a variety of folks from Microsoft Research and Disney Research labs were on hand, with each subset revealing a slightly different technique to solving an all-too-similar problem: painfully accurate 3D face tracking. Haoda Huang et al. revealed a highly technical new method that involved the combination of marker-based motion capture with 3D scanning in an effort to overcome drift, while Thabo Beeler et al. took a drastically different approach.
Those folks relied on a markerless system that used a well-lit, multi-camera system to overcome occlusion, with anchor frames acting as staples in the success of its capture abilities. J. Rafael Tena et al. developed “a method that not only translates the motions of actors into a three-dimensional face model, but also subdivides it into facial regions that enable animators to intuitively create the poses they need.” Naturally, this one’s most useful for animators and designers, but the first system detailed is obviously gunning to work on lower-cost devices — Microsoft’s Kinect was specifically mentioned, and it doesn’t take a seasoned imagination to see how in-home facial scanning could lead to far more interactive games and augmented reality sessions. The full shebang can be grokked by diving into the links below, but we’d advise you to set aside a few hours (and rest up beforehand).
Gallery: Researchers demo 3D face scanning breakthroughs at SIGGRAPH 2011
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In the olden days, when you wanted a bust made, you hired some fancy sculptor to come to your house and sit with you for hours a day until, months later, you had a handsome marble or ceramic bust. Now, however, you can get a bust made in a few minutes using laser scanners and Makerbot rapid prototyping machines. Ain’t progress wonderful?
Makerbot’s Bre Pettis invited me over to his new storefront in Brooklyn to build a bust for his upcoming New York Notables event in July. I got to join folks like Cory Doctorow and Moot (in miniature form) as we were scanned into a PC using a Polhemus laser scanner. To grab my physical details they dusted me talcum powder and then sat me down for a good two minute scan. The process was quick and painless and the results, as you see in the video below, were impressive. We could have printed out my head in a few minutes but Bre and the gang were pretty backed up so they’re going to let me know when my tiny little head appears in their machine, ready for eventual deification by future generations.
While ears may be the new biometric du jour, Advanced Optical Systems (AOS) is doing its best to keep fingerprints as the preferred method for identifying enemies of the state. The company has built a fingerprint scanner with the ability to accurately read a print up to two meters away, and our military views the system as a means to reduce the risk to soldiers at security checkpoints all over the world. The AIRPrint system is a significant upgrade over previous biometric security systems because it allows a person’s identity to be confirmed by military personnel from behind the safety of a blast wall or armored vehicle, which keeps our serviceman out of harm’s way. AIRPrint uses a source of polarized light and two 1.3 megapixel cameras (one to receive vertically polarized light and another to receive horizontally polarized light) in order to produce an accurate fingerprint. The prototype is able to scan and verify a print in under five seconds, but the device can presently only process one finger at a time, and that finger must stay a fixed distance from the cameras to get a precise reading. Despite these current limitations, AOS claims that soon the equipment will be capable of reading five prints simultaneously while a person is moving toward or away from the device. The system will be ready for market in the third quarter of this year, which is bad news for terrorists and soccer hooligans, but a windfall for Big Brother.
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You’ve probably seen quite a few flatbed scanner bars in your lifetime, but the $ 400 Lexmark Genesis printer doesn’t have one of those — it’s got a 10 megapixel digital camera with a fish-eye lens that produces nigh-instant images. 750 milliseconds after you close its front-facing scan bay, the CMOS sensor generates a preview on the 4.3-inch color touchscreen, and 2.2 seconds after that, it’s got a full 4800 x 1200 image saved on your USB-connected computer or winging its way across 802.11n WiFi. The company’s calling the system FlashScan, and the raw speed was definitely impressive when we saw it in San Francisco this week, even though other parts of the print system left something to be desired.
The printer uses special algorithms to translate the fish-eye image back into a flat sheet and reproduces text quite well, but the twin RGB flashes it fires to reproduce color didn’t always do an accurate job, and we were disappointed to find a number of features (including some obvious oversights like image rotation for copies) weren’t accessible via the touchscreen. It does have a number of neat web apps for completely untethered use, however, including the ability to scan right to Evernote and Photobucket, and Lexmark told us it’s working with a number major photo hosting services, Twitter, Facebook and Box.net to let Genesis users directly upload. See it in action on video after the break, along with the full press release.
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Kinect’s Object Scanning Feature Coming Post-Launch There’s been a lot of will-it -or- won’t-it lately when it comes to what features Kinect will have at launch, but another ability we can add to the “wait a little while” list is the object-scanning shown off when Kinect (then known as Project Natal) was first revealed at E3 2009. As you can see in the debut video below, Microsoft originally showed how Kinect could scan a real-world object if … Read more on 1up.com
Microsoft Kinect will get object sensing and controller-integrated games post-launch When Microsoft first unveiled their forthcoming Kinect motion-control accessory for the Xbox 360, one prominent feature they boasted about was the Kinect’s ability to scan real-world objects to use in game. For example, a real skateboard could be used to pull off tricks in a theoretical Tony Hawk game, or a real plastic lightsaber used [...] Read more on Geek.com
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