Kinect Hack Prints Miniature Caricatures in 3D

Make a 3D model of yourself with this Kinect hack.

There have been plenty of cool Kinect hacks since Microsoft released the motion-sensitive device--highlights so far include the Super Sayian hack and getting a robot to mimic your every move. Earlier this month the hacking community could rejoice as Microsoft annouced that it would release the SDK for the Kinect. So it's no surprise that the hacks are coming thick and fast, like this really cool 3D printout puzzle piece of yourself.

Creator Interactive Fabrication's hack, called Fabricate Yourself, was originally put through it's paces at TEI 2011, where event goers could take home a little 3D caricature of themselves, thanks to the Kinect. Essentially, the hack connect the device up to a 3D printer, which will copy the saved image and print out a 3D render on a foam 3x3 jigsaw piece.

To do this, all passers by had to do was pose infront of the Kinect. The 3D image is then meshed and saved as an STL file. The joints to attach all the foam pieces together are then added to the file and printed with Dimension uPrint 3D printer. The original files are quite low due to the size of the pieces being printed.

Check out the YouTube video of the hack below, and then try and convince yourself that a jigsaw puzzle of yourself doing silly poses would not be fun.

Also, visit the Fabricate Yourself page on Inventive Fabrication's site for more photos of the process.

Elizabeth Fish would rather have a robot replica of herself to do the household chores.

via Slashgear]

Like this? You might also enjoy...

Get your GeekTech on: Twitter - Facebook - RSS | Tip us off

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags hackersMicrosoftconsumer electronicsgadgetsXboxGame platforms

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Elizabeth Fish

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?