You’ve seen it on National Geographic and Discovery channels. They make 3D reconstruction of faces, parts of the earth, and even actual events all the time. They use cameras and computers worth more than our entire team’s one year salary combined. This is what makes this hack a monumental achievement. Kinect came up with a sensor with the same quality of depth for a price that even one of our team members can afford.
Anyone with a Kinect sensor can easily create a detailed reconstruction of anything. The video above shows the 3D reconstruction of Hampi Pillar, a heritage site in India. The camera takes multiple images from different points. Using the depth data, images are filtered to reconstruct a geometrically accurate model of the object or scene.