Makers of the Astra 3D Camera Orbbec have this week announced they have released an open source SDK to GitHub for the 3D scanning technology.
This created back in 2013 Orbbec was created to build and develop computer-driven 3D cameras that are capable of reacting to their surrounding environments as well as user-specified needs and gesture controls.
Looking very similar to Microsoft’s Kinect gesture control unit the Orbbec Persee provides a Kinect style experience ‘on steroids’. Orbbec co-founder and vice president of engineering Joshua Blake explains more:
We believe the best way to inspire 3D innovation is to put the tools necessary to build great 3D applications into the hands of as many smart, inventive, creative people as possible. By releasing our SDK to GitHub and offering deep discounts on our devices through our Indiegogo campaign we are jumpstarting the development of next generation intelligent computing applications.
MIT Media Lab researcher and author of Making Things See: 3D vision with Kinect, Processing, Arduino, and MakerBot, Greg Borenstein explains :
This could lead to a new golden age of open source 3D hacking. Orbbec puts 3D scanning and body tracking within the reach of designers, students, artists, and creative coders of all types. I can’t wait to use it in my own projects and to see what the community does with it.
For more information on the new Orbbec Open Source SDK jump over to the official website for details via the link below.
Source: Orbbec 3D