Han Solo in carbonite recreated with Microsoft Kinect

Very interesting projects using Microsoft’s Kinect present themselves seemingly on a daily basis.  MIT graduate student Edwina Portocarrero, adorned in a Princess Leia costume, recreated the holographic projection plea for assistance made famous by Carrie Fisher.  More recently we profiled Be Your Own Souvenir, a system which scans people in real-time and generates a miniature figurine.

A new project has surfaced using Kinect in an effort to allow individuals to recreate one of the iconic scenes in 1980’s Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo being frozen in carbonite.

According to creators Michael Zoellner and Jens Keil,

“This is an experiment with Kinect and Processing. People in front of it are posing like Han Solo and get frozen in 3D. We are already exporting the 3D models for 3D printing.”

The video is extremely neat to say the least and if given the chance, I suspect many, like yours truly, would want their likeness captured using the system.

The chance to do just that may not be far off.  From Zoellner and Keil,

“Stay tuned. The software will be open source soon if anyone is interested.”

Would you take the opportunity to have an image of yourself in carbonite?  Would you frame the image and hang it in your home?


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