30 Aug '12, 11am

[email protected] Wants to Start 3D Scanning the World

Back in January, Adept's Erin Rapacki told us all that it's time to start 3D scanning the world . We agree with her, but it's not an easy thing to actually go and, you know, do . There are approximately 975 bajillion different objects out there in the world that robots need to know how to interact with, and the only way we're going to learn about them all (short of Google throwing approximately 975 bajillion dollars at the problem) is through a cooperative, crowdsourced effort like this new project called [email protected] What [email protected] wants to do is to harness the power of all of those Kinects that roboticists and gamers have lying around out there and put them to work recording 3D models of, uh, pretty much everything. Here's how it works: You download some drivers and a plugin from the [email protected] website. Plug your Kinect into your computer. Run the plugin, and move you...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hard...

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