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3D scan of my head and realtime tracking and rendering using a kinect

Scanned my head with kinect

I used the kinect to scan my head and made some real time tracking and rendering as can be seen in the videos below.

setting up Kinect:

3D scan of my head:

Tracking / rendering using my head:

Makey Makey makes a key present.

Via an old friend, the tip to browse to makeymakey.com, it turns any object into a key. And as you know, everything that combines the real world with the virtual world, can get my attention.

See this video:

And yes, it is an old kickstarter project.

For a real good overview of what the project can do, be sure to checkout djtechtools.com as well, only 40 dollars.

The kit that ships from Colorado-based SparkFun Electronics contains a MaKey MaKey circuit board, alligator clips and a mini-USB cable. Any object that is capable of conducting a minute amount of electricity can be used with the kit to send signals to the computer. One of the popular examples shows six bananas being connected up and used to play an online piano app.


The standard kit allows for up to six objects to be connected to the MaKey MaKey board. By default, inputs are limited to the four cursor keys along with space and the left mouse click. The board allows for extra objects to be connected to the back of the board (requiring additional connectors) and for those Arduino hackers out there, the entire unit can be configured to control whichever keyboard inputs are needed. It is also possible to run multiple MaKey MaKey boards on a single computer – all you need are spare USB ports.

More good videos on the product can be seen on topupmp3.

Bluetrack, a cool racetrack

As a kid, I always wanted to have a racetrack. With loopings. As a dad, I stil do. But since I know that this toy will be hot for a day or two, and will be in the box the rest of the year, I am not too keen on buying it. For me.. Or the kids.

Then I saw this awesome product. One is no longer bound on the tracks the maker of the toy designed, but you can let the cars go from the stairs, make loopings and have a great design; yuor design

Here is a video showing of some of the posibilities of the Bluetrack product:

It is not a cheap product, 35 pound for 5 meters at amazon, for that much money you can buy 10 meters motorized as well. But that will end up in a box for the rest of the year.

never miss a beat, be the beat (gestures based DJ)

Bert Boerland in 3d with the Kinect connected to my mac

One of the reasons I bought an XBOX and not a PS3 was the Kinect. "gestures are the new touch" and all that jazz. And it when comes to a cheap household device that can do wonders in Augmented Reality, the Kinect is -no pun intended- a Game Changer.

For example, coverflow is one of the first things one imagines when one talks about gestures, ever since iOS 3 or so it was on the wanted list. And windshield Augmented Reality is what everyone comes up with. Both are however not the best candidates. In the coming weeks, I'll give some examples of real use of the Kinect beyond those two.

My favourite and still working on it myself? Be a DJ, never miss a beat, be the beat. Take a look at this video:

I am still in the proces of getting all this to work on my Macs but will post before I am done some more Kinectar implementations.

Aart searches Brecht

Aart searches brecht :-)


Created with cinemagr.am

Third attemp with cinemagram tool and not staged, rather well I think.

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