Fragmented Portraits, Made by 3D Scanner, of New Yorkers

04302011 from Sophie Kahn on Vimeo. A beautiful series of portraits, created on 3D scanner, looks simultaneously like a digital fragmentation of the face and one of the eerie reconstructions of human faces, as if produced centuries from now. It’s the work of artist Sophie Kahn, on exhibit now at an event in Reno, Nevada. The artist writes: 38 New Yorkers whose portraits I made, using a 3d laser scanner. The result is an identity parade of textured 3d scans of their faces, rotating in and out of the light. The glitchy, fragmented look of these scans results from my …

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Projector and Camera, A Little Closer: New, Magical Mapping Tools, 3D Scanning, and More

Visionary 3D scanning, computer vision, and digital media guru Kyle McDonald is back again with more tools that break down the boundary between the computer and the world. Kyle tells us he spent a great part of the fall in residence at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) in Japan. He worked with experimental projector/camera rigs — and now we get to enjoy some fruits of those labors. http://interlab.ycam.jp/en/projects/guestresearch/vol1 The software collection is free and open source (MIT License), built for OpenFrameworks, and already includes some documentation. (The ideal is contributing back to the core of OF, adding …

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Watch Hackers Make 3D More Expressive and Futuristic – Full Art && Code Report

Calibration workshop, demonstrating the gathered energy and brainpower in Pittsburgh last month. Photo by our friend, the extraordinary Kyle McDonald, whose teaching is behind a lot of the creative output here. Microsoft may be running showy ads that show imagined applications of 3D computer vision, but using technology like Microsoft’s own Kinect, hackers are making sci fi reality, right now. Art && Code, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was an epic gathering of artists and hackers and hackers become artists and artists become hackers. It was an extraordinary convergence of learning and making, workshop and hacklab, technical brain dumps and creative …

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Watch Hackers Make 3D More Expressive and Futuristic – Full Art && Code Report

Calibration workshop, demonstrating the gathered energy and brainpower in Pittsburgh last month. Photo by our friend, the extraordinary Kyle McDonald, whose teaching is behind a lot of the creative output here. Microsoft may be running showy ads that show imagined applications of 3D computer vision, but using technology like Microsoft’s own Kinect, hackers are making sci fi reality, right now. Art && Code, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was an epic gathering of artists and hackers and hackers become artists and artists become hackers. It was an extraordinary convergence of learning and making, workshop and hacklab, technical brain dumps and creative …

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Kinect Hacking and Art Round Table: Why it Matters, What You Need to Know

Interactive Puppet Prototype with Xbox Kinect from Theo Watson on Vimeo. When Microsoft gobbled up vision technology and announced they were channeling their own research into a product for their game console, artists, researchers, and hackers lamented. It seemed the tech might be destined only for a handful of mainstream game titles. Hours after the product launch, however, and one open source bounty later, it was clear the opposite was happening: Kinect was opening to new possibilities. Some of the world’s leading visual experimenters, many of them regulars in this site’s stories, were quickly pulling in data and reimagining what …

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Faces Traveling Through Worlds of Glitch, Geometry, and Particles in Darkstar Music Video

Darkstar: Gold from Evan Boehm on Vimeo. Armed with OpenFrameworks and other shared visual tools and code, plus After Effects and Cinema 4D, artist and director Evan Boehm leads a team to produce an artistry-packed music video for Hyperdub’s Darkstar. Faces are scanned, deconstructed, transformed into video signal, made visible from the inside out, and exploded into glowing gold geometries and particles. Willy Wonka would have been proud of the fancies of which television is capable. I met Evan at the Ghostly Visual Music workshop, and many of these ideas, he says, were drawn from inspiration from the work of …

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More 3D Scanning: Etsuko Yakushimaru – Venus And Jesus in Video, Web

Kyle McDonald’s free 3D scanning techniques are spreading at near-viral rates. As seen here on CDM and in an Instructable, the technique now finds its way into a project for Japanese recording artist Yakushimaru Etsuko on her single “Venus & Jesus.” (I missed this some time ago, but it’s well worth covering, even late.) What’s especially nice here – aside from the appearance of one of our favorite multimedia developers, Daito Manabe – is the clever way in which the act crosses media. Not only do you get a music video (evidently programmed in OpenFrameworks), but there’s a Flash-based Web …

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3D Scanning Visuals, Behind-the-Scenes, for MAD MMX Visual Event in Madrid

MAD MMX – Opening Title Sequence from Physalia Studio on Vimeo. 3D scanning and visual effects, the likes of which were popularized in Radiohead’s House of Cards video and open source code, are now more readily available to the masses than ever. Thank Kyle McDonald’s excellent DIY 3D scanning software, built in Processing. Resources, if you’d like to try this yourself: DIY 3D Scanner @ OpenProcessing Structured Light 3D Wiki [Google Code] http://kylemcdonald.net/ [with loads of other fantastic projects] The point of democraticizing tools, though, should be better artistic output. So it’s encouraging to see this gorgeous-looking intro video for …

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ProFORMA Model Acquisition: "Passive" 3D Scanning

3D modelling is one of my visualist achilles heels. I don’t seem to have the kind of brain which can deconstruct objects into geometric solids. So it comes as no surprise that I’m extremely interested in 3D scanning (CDMo tag). We’ve previously looked at the work of Kyle McDonald, who’s dealing in “Structured Light” scanning. I’ve been in touch with Kyle, so more on this very soon. In the meantime, Noisepages member Runagate has posted about ProFORMA, a promising 3D modelling technique using a single video input. Created by Cambridge Engineering PhD student Qi Pan, ProFORMA uses a fixed camera …

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3D Scanning: Slow Pokey Lego Version

Projector-type 3D scanning seems very functional, but I would expect it to lose accuracy as the object size decreases. So for scanning small objects (such as Lego), Lego genius Philippe Hurbain has come up with a scanner made of lego. Philippe’s instructions also includes (under “3D reconstruction”) a technique for creating a “complete” 3D model out of several combined scans, using open source 3D software MeshLab. More information (and via) Dansdata

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