Microsoft demos Kinect Fusion

Microsoft demos Kinect Fusion

Engineers at Microsoft (Redmond, Washington) demonstrated the capabilities of the Kinect Fusion at the company's annual TechFest event this month in Redmond, Washington.

Kinect Fusion pulls depth data that is generated by the Kinect for Windows sensor and, from the sequence of frames, constructs a 3-D map of objects or environments. The tool averages readings over hundreds or even thousands of frames to create a rich level of detail.

The Kinect Fusion project, shown during TechFest 2013, enables models to be scanned and reconstructed in 3-D models using just a handheld Kinect for Windows sensor.

“Normally, when you think of Kinect, you think of a static sensor in a living room. But with Kinect Fusion, we allow the user to hold the camera, explore their space, and rapidly scan the world around them,” says Shahram Izadi, senior researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge.

The Cambridge researchers and Kinect for Windows team collaborated closely on Kinect Fusion which will be included it in a future release of the Kinect for Windows SDK.

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