Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kinect-based 3D scanning software

I am looking for some alternatives to 123D Catch.  Here is one, KScan3D, which says "With KScan3D software and Kinect or Xtion sensors, you can scan real objects and export 3D models in minutes."

Other options include Skanect, and Reconstruct Me.

Apparently Skanect has a Mac OS X version, and can work with Structure Scanner (attached to your iOS device and streams to your OS X computer), or Asus Xtion & Primesense Carmine and Kinect for Xbox (but not Kinect for Windows).  Details on use with OS X are here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dorkbot SoCal 56 - The Reboot, Oct. 19

Dorkbot SoCal 56 - The Reboot

***** Sunday, October 19, 2014
***** 11:00 am to 1:00pm
***** Machine Project
***** 1200 D North Alvarado Street
***** Los Angeles, CA 90026
***** Google map of Machine Project

Speakers will include...

Garnet Hertz

Dorkbot SoCal's overlord emeritus has moved to Vancouver, but will return to us through the power of videoconferencing to narrate his travelogue of the Chinese maker/hacker culture including the 2014 Shenzhen Maker FaireSeeed Studio, theChaihuo Hackerspace in Shenzhen, as well as the Xin Che Jian Hackerspace in Shanghai.

Garnet is now the Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver Canada, and previously was previously Artist in Residence and Research Scientist in Informatics at UC Irvine. And he has built robots controlled by cockroaches :)

Thomas Edwards

Thomas will talk about how you can use 3D capture software such as 123D Catch to make your own digital holograms with Zebra Imaging


Safecast bGeigie build event in Santa Monica

bGeigie Workshop Santa Monica, CA November 1-2, 2014.

Build a GPS-enabled, data-logging, hand-held radiation detector, learn about citizen radiation monitoring, and connect with a growing network of people motivated to measure radiation in their environment and share their data with others.
Safecast, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and IMI International Medcom, Inc. will host a bGeigie workshop at NRDC's offices in Santa Monica, CA on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2, 2014. During the first day of the workshop, participants will solder and assemble Safecast's Good Design-winning bGeigie, learn how to use their detectors, and hear from individuals and groups involved in citizen radiation monitoring. During the second day of the workshop, trips will be arranged for participants to log radiation measurements in the field, and practice uploading and mapping their data. 
Read blogs from Safecast co-founder Sean Bonner, IMI International Medcom’s CEO Dan Sythe and NRDC health physicist Bemnet Alemayehu about the bGeigie workshop we held in Washington, DC this past spring. For more information or to register for the event, please contact NRDC’s Matthew McKinzie atmmckinzie@nrdc.org. The bGeigie kits for this event (cost $450) can be ordered in advance from IMI International Medcom. Please let us know if you or your organization would like to inquire about support to participate, as we want to grow this community.