Kinect + iPad = Star Wars-Like 3D Augmented Reality Video

Kinect + iPad = Star Wars-Like 3D Augmented Reality Video

So Microsoft’s Kinect has been hacked to capture 3D video, but what comes next? iOS developer, Laan Labs, has been toying with a few ideas, including using the iPad 2 as augmented reality viewer to view trippy 3D video — and it totally reminds me of Star Wars! Watch for yourself…

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Laan Labs says it used the String Augmented Reality SDK to display the Kinect’s video, and used Libfreenect from openkinect.org to record the video. The iPad 2’s camera then tracked a printed marker to determine where the video would appear.

Sure, it’s augmented (not holographic), but experiments like this will pave the way for live Kinect-recorded 3D video chat. Be it augmented, or on a 3D TV, I’m kind of curious as to where this might take us. Let’s just hope it’s not towards a 3D Chatroulette. Creepy. [Laan Labs via Crave]