Once again the open source community shows the industry how it’s done. The demos and concepts that have been development since the community cranked out a driver/library for the kinect in just a few days after its release are quite astounding. Good for Microsoft that they seem to have understood that they shouldn’t blockade that movement. Soon they will start copying its ideas I guess.
I try to follow the work of Oliver Kreylos a german researcher at the university of california. He was one of the first generating a mesh from the voxel data provided by the kinect and texturing it with the rgb data from the second camera.
In his latest work he uses two calibrated kinects in combination and thus allows an object to be scanned from two sides at the same time without rotating it. A lot of people thought that the kinects structured light sensor wouldn’t be able to deal with two overlapping dot fields. But it seems to work, have a look: