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I suspect this may already exist, but I'd like to see an
inexpensive (or not) camera that combines elements of a
little laser tape-measure or sonic tape-measure, and a
VR-style pano-camera. It would take a 3d "picture" of a
room, and, using a dedicated graphics chip, turn the
a floor, the walls into VR walls, etc, then
store the whole file in one of the popular FPS formats
(and/or .obj). This would be a useful thing not only for
gamers but also for movie makers and VR apps generally.
Not sure what it would look like, but the lens would
probably be on the outside and everything else would be
on the inside, with the exception of a spike-type tripod.
The easiest way for me to visualize such a camera is that
it would have a remote control, electronics, etc. at the
center, coated by a spherical sensor chip, which in turn
was connected to either a spherical array of lenses or
fiber-optics on the outer shell.
Dimensionator tape measure
One component [cloudface, Oct 30 2004]
current typical VR camera site [cloudface, Oct 30 2004]
3D laser mapper...
<object id="otvPlay...</embed> </object>
Now baked for your chewing, er, viewing pleasure. [cloudface, Aug 11 2010]
[cloudface, Aug 11 2010]
Thanks Switzerland! We're almost gotz to baked!
New kinda camera, kinda. [cloudface, Dec 05 2010]
Getting Very Close Now w/Kinect
Hand-held Kinect does 3D space [cloudface, Mar 03 2011]
||I've had this idea before, and I think it could be done. A digital video camera, with some sort of sonar device attached. Take images and sonograms every yeah seconds, and take it home to a computer who uses this to rebuild whereever you visited.
||Would take a while to complie, natch. I believe it already exists for faces.
||And imagine using something like this to change your office, school, local park, &c., into a FPS map!
||CSI already incorporates something exactly like this for playing out scenarios,bullet trajectories,stuff like that