From the very beginning of this new Kinect scene, I always wanted to use the Kinect as a 3D camera and map a room in 3d space. Finally I have managed to figure out a great way to do this using OS X and a piece of open-source software called “Kinect RGB“. You can download the source or the precompiled binaries for Mac, Windows or Linux. The software consists of 3 things: A Kinect viewer with the option to filter the view, the actual 3d mapping program, and a people tracking prototype. With the 3d mapping program I was amazed how well it worked. At first moving the Kinect too quickly would blur the image, but smooth movements really worked well. Here is an image of my work:
These point files can be saved to any 3d mapping software and many different formats. It will be interesting to keep up with development and see how good the software gets.
I would also like to attach my Kinect to my robot in order to create a much more stable surface for even more precise movements.