Kinect hack uses cell phone GPS to create a Google Street View like 3D map
The open source revolution with Kinect has opened up some impressive possibilities for the motion controller to be used in various real world applications. The latest hack has the capability to redefine the way we look at maps. Kinect hacker Martin Szarski paired a Kinect to his Google Nexus One and created a 3D recreation of the real world; much like an interactive 3D version of Street View in Google Maps.
Szarski achieved this by mounting his Kinect on his car and driving around whilst mapping the GPS coordinated captured by his Google Nexus One phone. Kinect image data and the GPS coordinates were spliced together to create a full 3D map. While the 3D capture looks a bit muddled, Szarsky contends that incorporating the phone's built-in gyroscope to compensate for the car's irregular movement and undulation should make the whole process much more precise and sharp.
Does this mean Google's Street View cars will be seen snooping around the neighbourhood with a Kinect on the hood? Highly unlikely, but what would be not give for maps navigable in the full 3D glory. Have a look at Martin Szarski's blog for a more comprehensive insight on how he managed the 3D mapping process.