September 19, 2013 /
While 3D tv’s didn’t seem to take off, 3D printing sure has. And once thing leads to another. Now 3D Scanning is getting kind of hot. There’s a project on Kickstarter that is promoting a 3D Scanner for use on mobile devices. It can also do regular USB so it can be used on other devices or home-brew applications as well.
The device seems to be battery-powered, and uses infra-red LEDs and a camera to measure distance and scan. The range is 40 cm to 3.5 meters and promotes an accuracy of 1%. The current things demonstrated are a room scanner app that lets you take dimensions of a room by panning the camera around. An object scanner that can let you make a 3D model (for use in CAD or 3D Printing). And a virtual reality game.
Cool technology, it just means that this type of stuff is getting closer to being a cheap commodity for regular users.
Check out the video after the break.
September 11, 2013 /
Mico is an Arduino shield that talks to your cell phone. Literally. It connects via the audio jack on your cell phone, and has the ability to read DTMF tones for control. It also can answer the phone by using the same technique your old wired headset does.
Some of the applications the mico guys have put together are it answering the phone and reading out sensor data. It has a audio playback library so with some crafty recordings you can do cool things. They even have a demo application of the shield talking to Siri on IOS in order to do more functions like send text messages.
Interesting concept, I think it’s still missing something like a little more control but I give them props for being different.
The project currently has a kickstarter going to launch a large production run, there’s also source over at github.
August 10, 2013 /
The Scan-O-Tron 3000 was a kickstarter campaign called Coney Island Scan-A-Rama. Fred put together a system for doing full 3d body scans on sort of a giant lazy susan and a Kinect using MakerSlide. Then it creates a 3d model that you can print out on 3d printer.
He’s got the parts up and most of the instructions for building the scanning rig on thingiverse here, and the lazy susan here.