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Old 12-23-06, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default DAVID software turns your webcam into a 3D laser scanner

Those snazzy laser-based scanners that just have to make at least one appearance in every science-fiction film worth its salt are now available for your home, and it'll cost you quite a bit less than what Hollywood presumably shelled out for theirs. Thanks to folks who see value in "free," a few clever programmers have crafted the DAVID Laserscanner software, which turns your webcam into an ultra-sensative laser recorder and then reconstructs the object on-screen based on the breaks in the beam. Reportedly, all your need is a PC, a halfway decent webcam, a perfect 90-degree angle in the corner of your wall, some foreign object(s), and a street-corner laser pointer to go along with the software. DAVID computes the beam length as you "brush over the object with the laser" in order to render the object on your display, and while it can't quite do 360-degree renditions just yet, the developers hope to add that functionality soon enough. So, if you're the proud owner of all the above prerequisites, be sure to hit the read link and get your laser scanning on.

http://www.engadget.com/2006/12/22/d...laser-scanner/

i found that interesting
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Old 12-23-06, 10:15 PM   #2
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That's freakin awesome! Now I finally have a reason to buy a webcam...LOL...But seriously, once they to 360 degrees, it will be insanely cheap to laserscan and import into Maya/3DSmax...Sweet...
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Old 12-23-06, 10:43 PM   #3
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wow! awesome!

*digs out the old creative webcam nx*

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Default Re: DAVID software turns your webcam into a 3D laser scanner

Could someone post something they've scanned? Or is this just a joke I didn't get?
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Could someone post something they've scanned? Or is this just a joke I didn't get?
Do we really wanna see CaptN's balls in 3D?
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Old 12-24-06, 10:20 PM   #6
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Could someone post something they've scanned? Or is this just a joke I didn't get?
Here is alot more info, including the software, the schematics (for the cutout 90 degree angle space needed for scanning), and pics/directions...
http://www.cs.tu-bs.de/rob/david.html
My friend is gonna try it soon...So I'll post pics if/when he does...
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Old 12-25-06, 12:48 PM   #9
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Woah, this thing is pretty damn cool!

Time to hook up my webcam again.
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WOA! has anyone tried this yet? I'm tempted to go buy a webcam and do it.
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