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I’m Here, Somewhere…

This project, Fabricate Yourself was at TEI’11 conference, which I attended last month

Attendees firstly capture their favorite pose using a Microsoft Kinect. The depth image from the Kinect is processed into a mesh and displayed onscreen in real-time. At any time they can capture the mesh and save it as an STL file. The STL files were printed using a 3D printer.

The printer was working night and day during the conference as it was fed with numerous models created by attendees.

I should be there, somewhere… immortalized in plastic.


Fake video windows

Instead of moving to some expensive place, why not install 2 big screens as fake windows and use a Wiimote or camera for headtracking?

Only if you’re single though: don’t forget that a 2D screen can only create a 3D effect (motion parallax) for one person


All New York Buildings Will Have QR Codes By 2013

New York City’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the use of Quick Response or QR codes (which are something like a smartphone-readable barcode) on building permits, to provide New Yorkers with easy access to information related to buildings and construction sites throughout the city.

Smartphone users who scan a QR code on a construction permit in New York, according to a press release from the mayor’s office, will get “details about the ongoing project – including the approved scope of work, identities of the property owner and job applicant, other approved projects associated with the permit, [and] complaints and violations related to the location.”

The QR codes will link users to a mobile version of the Department of Buildings Information System, and will give them the option to click a link that will initiate a phone call to the city’s 311 phone service, where they can register a complaint about noise, safety or other concerns.

As permits at 975,000 building and construction sites that already have them are replaced, they will have QR codes added; all New York City permits are expected to have QR codes by roughly 2013.

Source: TechCrunch