May 06, 2014

Make an inexpensive 3D scanner with Arduino

Using parts scavenged from old office equipment, a cheap webcam and an Arduino enthusiast Till Handel has created a device that...

The scanner will be good for scanning a 360° field around its own position at distances of approx. 0.3 to 5 m. So basically this scanner is optimised to scan rooms. It creates a point cloud that resembles the visible surface of the surroundings as viewed from the position of the scanner.

This is a fantastic project that includes custom software to take the vision data from the webcam, and uses MATLAB to analyse the data and convert it into the 3D representation of the scanned room. One example is a violin sitting on a book below:

Very clever indeed - and thanks to Till documenting the required hardware and code you can reproduce your own version, so visit his website for the required informationAnd for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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