Just a day ago, we featured 3d image sculpting using the Kinect. This latest Kinect program pushes the Kinect’s setup and gives users not only an interactive project but also something they can take home, a souvenir.¬†blablabLAB‘s Vimeo Page recently uploaded this video of how they used an intricate, 3-Kinect setup to construct a quick and easy 3d sculpting process for the Kinect. As users enter the designated platform, the 3-Kinect setup accurately traces the user’s body. The data is transfered to a 3d sculpting machine which creates a collectible,¬†miniature¬†figure of the user. This new kind of souvenir give-away will definitely change the playing field for take home items. Who knows, the next party, wedding or get together you will attend might give you 3d replicas of yourself.

Here is a description by the developers:

“This proposal aims to connect street users, arts and science, linking them to under-laying spaces and their own realities. The installation was enjoyed during two weekends in January 2011 by the tourists, neighbours of La Rambla and citizens of Barcelona, a city that faces a trade-off between identity and gentrification, economic sustainability and economic growth.

This shapes through a technological ritual where the audience is released from established roles in a perspective exchange: spectator-performer, artist-tourist, observer-object.

The user becomes the producer as well as the consumer through a system that invites him/her to perform as a human statue, with a free personal souvenir as a reward: a small figure of him/herself printed three-dimensionally from a volumetric reconstruction of the person generated by the use of three structured light scanners (kinect).
The project mimics the informal artistic context of this popular street, human sculptures and craftsmen, bringing diverse realities and enabling greater empathy between the agents that cohabit in the public space.”

For more information about the Kinect 3d Souvenirs, visit the project’s Vimeo Page.

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