As I previously mentioned, my buddy Friedrich Kirschner invited me help test his new bootleg 3D body scanner at a mixer event at Eyebeam labs tonight. I joined a dozen or so other folks who gamely volunteered to shed most all of their clothes to participate. The technology Friedrich employs to create 3D body scans is so simple:
- a small pool of inky water
- a digital video cam
- some freeware
But the result is a 3D representation of your body that Friedrich tells me will be made available to all the participants as XML data and perhaps in some other human-readable format. From there, the data can be brought into a 3D modeling program like Maya, used to create a more true-to-life avatar in Second Life and even printed out with a 3D printer! So cool!
I of course immediately thought of the seminal 1980s Disney flick "Tron" where the character Flynn gets digitized and brought into the "game grid." Hence the audio track on the video. Enjoy!