It is cool to connect Google Glass with art creation. 3D modeler Todd Blatt has recently taken Google Glass to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and used it to capture sculptures.
Google Glass has the ability to take photos with its 5-megapixel camera, though it can not be compared with the new generation smartphone cameras, it can still do some decent shots. Todd Blatt could simply stand around the sculpture of Marcus Aurelius, took photos using his voice.
Since the museum is free, I wandered in, and looked for a good piece to scan. I've scanned over a dozen in the museum so far, mostly at the Artbytes Hackathon, but I somehow missed Marcus Aurelius last time. It was literally a stroll-by scan job. I was in and out of the museum in under 10 minutes, and captured a few sculptures.
I just walked around the work, repeating, "ok glass, take a picture" over and over, 30 shots in total. No real care in aiming the shot. I just looked at it and that's it. Then I manually uploaded the photos from Google Autobackup to 123D Catch on my computer and proceeded as normal with the regular scanning/123d process.
After uploading the photos to 123D Catch he assembled the images into a 3D model, and then cleaned up in Meshmixer. The end result is impressive. However, for those museums who concern about copyrights of art, this is not a good idea. Soon or later some of them would have to ban visitors from wearing "Google Glass".
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