Kinect to Oculus Rift with Kintinuous


Today's kind of, sort of inspirational project is from a Hack-a-Day post by Brian Benchoff. It's kind of inspirational in that since the project's authors can't release the source, they can at least release their background research...

Virtual Physical Reality With Kintinuous And An Oculus Rift

The Kinect has long been able to create realistic 3D models of real, physical spaces. Combining these Kinect-mapped spaces with an Oculus Rift is something brand new entirely.

[Thomas] and his fellow compatriots within the Kintinuous project are modeling an office space with the old XBox 360 Kinect’s RGB+D sensors. then using an Oculus Rift to inhabit that space. ...

While Kintinuous is very, very good at mapping large-scale spaces, the software itself if locked up behind some copyright concerns the authors and devs don’t have control over. This doesn’t mean the techniques behind Kintinuous are locked up, however: anyone is free to read the papers (here’s one, and another, PDF of course) and re-implement Kintinuous as an open source project. ...

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