3D Selfies

April 6, 2014 | Greg Astill

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In the next couple of weeks, the Digital Innovation Hub, along with Derek our Innovator in Residence is taking the term “Selfies” to a whole new level.  Nothing sounds more exciting than coming down to the Toronto Reference Library on one of the three days and getting a 3D “Selfie” made of you and your family.

It’s not an incredibly hard/long process, and what you do with it in the end is up to you.  It’s a fun time and the potential is mind-blowing. 

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Derek will show you how to use a Microsoft Kinect camera (usually used with the Xbox systems) and along with some software, how the computer can reproduce you.  It’s safe and fast, but not always accurate, so a few attempts might be needed.  The hardest part is staying still long enough.

The software program he’ll be using is called Skanect.  It’s not cheap, but a free software download is available on a trial basis with limitations.  Skanect transforms your camera into a low cost 3D scanner that is capable of capturing a full 3D colour model of any object, shape or person.


I recently went through the process and I am happy to share some of photos of the process.  In the end, I also printed a copy of myself just as a test print and I am very pleased with the results.  I hope you give it a try.


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The dates to come on down and get a 3D scan of yourself are below.  No registration required. But 3D body scans are done on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuesday April 8, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:30
Sunday April 13, 2014 – 2:00 – 4:30
Sunday April 27, 2014 – 2:00 – 4:30

We look forward to seeing you there.

Have fun!!