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Raspberry Pi 2, Kinect make for a handy 3D scanner

Raspberry Pi 2, Kinect make for a handy 3D scanner

Microsoft may have hit on a mixed jackpot with the Kinect. While Xbox gamers might consider it a very optional, sometimes even unwanted, accessory, makers and tinkerers have flocked to it for how it made 3D scanning technology available the masses at an affordable price. However, it requires to be connected either to an Xbox or to a PC in order to function, which puts hard limits on its portability. But throw in a Raspberry Pi 2 into the mix, one of the most portable computers around, and you're good to go. Literally.

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Google’s Project Tango sales “opening up more broadly”

Google’s Project Tango sales “opening up more broadly”

The public may very well be able to get their hands on a Project Tango tablet in the near future with an update coming down today. Those that've reserved this 3D-scanning tablet as a developer but have not chosen to purchase as of yet are receiving an email today which suggests that Google is "opening up sales more broadly" so those that've reserved a unit should go ahead and jump in now. They've also given the half-price special to these users, just as they did for developers attending Project Tango sessions at GTC 2015.

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Caltech designs smartphone camera chip capable of 3D scanning

Caltech designs smartphone camera chip capable of 3D scanning

As one of the most popular new technologies, 3D printing is likely to continue its rapid growth in the consumer market over the next few years. With 3D printers becoming more common in homes, another possible growth might be in the use of 3D scanners. Users find something they'd like to make a replica of, and with a few quick photos they can go home and get to work. This could become even easier than expected, as a team of researchers at Caltech have designed a new camera chip that would allow your smartphone to take those 3D scans.

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Buddha statue contains mummy in “advanced state of meditation”

Buddha statue contains mummy in “advanced state of meditation”

The man inside this statue is dead according to conventional knowledge and science - but don't tell him that. The Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort has taken to scanning this particular fellow recently. The only Chinese buddhist mummy "available in the West for scientific research," they say, and Erik Bruijn, buddhist art and culture expert, is in charge of the project. Under his care, this reliquary - as its being called - has been under close watch, and ceremonies before scans have been implemented.

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Doxie portable scanner lets you go paperless

Doxie portable scanner lets you go paperless

Many people have a drawer in the kitchen where they shove all sorts of receipts and papers that you may not want to throw away, but know deep down you probably won’t need again. A pair of new portable scanners have launched that are aimed at helping you to go paperless with receipts and other paper so you can toss them and still keep records. The scanners are the Doxie Go Plus and the Doxie Go Wi-Fi.

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XYZPrinting’s da Vinci 1.0 AiO packs 3D printer and scanner

XYZPrinting’s da Vinci 1.0 AiO packs 3D printer and scanner

There is perhaps no more doubt in anyone's mind that 3D printing is here to stay. But while a multitude of companies and startups have made 3D printing a breeze, creating something to be 3D printed isn't yet equally so. Either you design your own object or you employ the use of a dedicated 3D scanner, which isn't exactly easy to come by, not to mention cheap. XYZPrinting, however, might now have the solution to that. Introducing the da Vinci 1.0 AiO, claimed to be the first combo unit available for consumers at a relatively affordable price.

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Boston police halt license plate scanning due to media leak

Boston police halt license plate scanning due to media leak

The Boston Police Department has suspended their use of license plate scanners for now. It seems the optical character recognition technology was working just fine, but the department wasn't following up on all of the hot crime fighting leads the technology was generating. The scanners collected about four million plate IDs a year, prompting onlookers to ask whether the inherent privacy issues were outweighed by the law enforcement benefits.

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All Norwegian books to be digitized in Norway

All Norwegian books to be digitized in Norway

In the US, when Google began its plan to digitize a huge number of books with its massive scanning program, authors in the US filed suit and mired the program in legal proceedings for a long time. While book digitizing in the US in uncertain at this point, the country of Norway is set to digitize all the native language books there are, all of them.

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