Magrathea

Posted by Rob Alderson,

The first days of the new year can sometimes feel a bit sluggish, but then BANG! something comes along to blow your tiny mind and remind you of the infinite genius of mankind. This video by Timothy Sherman and Paul Miller explains the amazing Magrathea technology to a class at the wonderfully-named Carnegie Mellon University in California. The kinect camera captures whatever is put on the surface in front of it and renders it as a 3D map, with steep or high surfaces made into rocky outcrops and the lower objects becoming grasslands. Even if you’re aware of the technology the video is still awe-inspiring, although we’re perturbed by the weird hands thing at the end.

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.