The Kinect has turned out to be something that in my house at least rarely gets used. It is a very cool device though and I continue to be amazed at some of the things that geeks are able to hack the Kinect to do. One of the latest hacks turns the Kinect into a crude 3D scanner that can turn the pose the person stands with in front of the camera into a foam bust.
The pieces that are made by the 3D printer attached to the Kinect look like little puzzle pieces that can be connected together. The video taken by the Kinect is turned into a STL file and sent out to the printer.
The Kinect system is called Fabricate Yourself and it’s interesting. You can see a video of the thing in action below. Other than just being cool, I wonder what real world applications that sort of hack could have.