Sep 15, 2015 | By Kira

Our generation’s obsession with selfies doesn’t seem to be coming to an end any time soon, and why should it when companies are making it so easy and fun to take a boring old picture of your face and bring it to entirely new levels? Instagram filters and cutesy emoji stickers are just scratching the surface, but why stop there when you can capture and create a 360-degree, 3D printable likeness of your beautiful self? ReconstructMe’s intuitive 3D scanning system allows you to create 3D scans of everything from your face to an entire room, and is now available entirely for free.

When we last wrote about ReconstructMe, a project by the computer vision experts at PROFACTOR GmbH in Austria, they were still in beta testing mode. Since then, they have grown into an easy-to-use, one-stop-application for real-time 3D reconstruction. Their usage concept is similar to an ordinary video camera—you simply move around the person or object to gather images. However, with ReconstructMe, users can benefit from plug and play sensor support (it works readily with many sensors, including the ASUS Xtion Family and the Microsoft Kinect), easy-to-understand metric units, texture support, and easy set up. And of course, they provide a step-by-step breakdown of how to create the perfect, 3D printable selfie in just minutes.

ReconstructMe 3D scanning in process

While users previously had to pay to use ReconstructMe’s services, the company has announced today that moving forward, any non-commercial uses will be completely free of charge. “We offer ReconstructMe free of cost and without limiations for educational and private non-commercial projects,” said software engineer and main contributor Christoph Heindl. “You can download ReconstructMe and use it for everything from scanning for 3D printing, education, architecture, documentation and animation.” Those who intent to use it for commercial purposes must still pay either €179 for the commercial user license, or €599 for the commercial SDK developer license.

We’ve seen many 3D scanning and printing selfie apps recently, including this full-body scanning system, and more recently, a company that makes amusing and edible 3D printed lollipops in the shapes of users’ faces. With the technology becoming more widespread and, as with ReconstructMe, accessible, we’re looking forward to the kinds of creative uses people come up with for their eerie yet irresistibly fun 3D printed selves.



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kb wrote at 9/20/2015 11:14:05 PM:

For those interested, FARO is also offering a free scanning software working with the same sensors.

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