This was pretty cool, from Lewis Shepherd’s blog, Shepherd’s Pi:
Who says Apple and Microsoft can’t work together? They certainly do, at least when it involves the ingenuity of their users, the more inventive of whom use technologies from both companies (and others).
Here’s a neat example, “a just-for-fun experiment from the guys at Laan Labs” where they whip up a neat Augmented Reality recipe: take one iPad, one Kinect, and stir.
Some technical detail from the Brothers Laan, the engineers who did the work:
We used the String Augmented Reality SDK to display real-time 3d video+audio recorded from the Kinect. Libfreenect from http://openkinect.org/ project was used for recording the data coming from the Kinect. A textured mesh was created from the calibrated depth+rgb data for each frame and played back in real-time. A simple depth cutoff allowed us isolate the person in the video from the walls and other objects. Using the String SDK, we projected it back onto a printed image marker in the real world.” – source, Laan Labs blog.
Shepherd has more on the technology here.
If AR is doable on an iPad fast and dirty by wizardly geeks then Apps for the casual technoprimitives cannot be long off.