Kinect@Home Builds A 3D World
Written by Harry Fairhead   
Tuesday, 04 September 2012

If you have a Kinect you can join in a new project to map the entire world in 3D - well at least a as much of it as possible. Kinect@Home is a community effort to input 3D models to a server. 

All you have to do is download some drivers and a plugin and use your Kinect to scan the area you want to make a 3D model of. The data is uploaded and your reward is a 3D model that you can embed in a web page. You can also download the model to use in your own software.

 

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The following video explains how it all works.  

 

What is the point of all of this?

The simple answer is robots need "big data". It may be a catchphrase, but when it comes to machine learning the more data the better. By establishing a library of 3D models, robots and machine learning software can improve their recognition and planning. 

 

You can see a sample of the 3D model embedded in a browser below:

 

There is a gallery of models that have already been recorded.

An even more ambitous project would be to provide robots with a complete 3D map of an environment. This would make it possible for it to work out where it was in the real world and move to a new location. Of course, it could feed any new features it found back into the map. At the moment Kinect@home doesn't record GPS positions, so the models are purely local. 

 

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More Information

Kinect@Home

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