3D scanning with Kinect V2

Kinect V2 is the second version of the Kinect 360 which can also be used as a 3D scanner. I have tried both devices and I think the second version is the best solution: not only because of its technical characteristics, but owns the full compatibility with Windows 10. Using an official Windows App, called 3D Scan, we can transfom our Kinect V2 into a 3D scanner!

Minimum requirements to use Kinect V2

  • 64-bit (x64) processor
  • Dual-core 3.1 GHz (2 logical cores per physical) or faster processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Nvidia CUDA graphic card or a Kinect Fusion compatible GPU
  • A compatible USB 3.0 port (Intel or Renesas chipset)

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The first thing you need to know is there are two ways to connect Kinect V2 on PC. You can buy the official adapter (it costs about 50 Euro) or you can modify your Kinect V2 to works with an unofficial method. I have tried the second method and I can assure you that it works perfectly and it’s very cheap. 

How to mod Kinect V2 – What we need?

  • TS10 Torx Security Bit
  • USB 3.0 “A” to “B” Adapter
  • Soldering
  • Power supply 12V 3A 

Now you have to open your Kinect V2 and solder 12V on pin 10 and GND on the pin to the left. I suggest you this video, which has helped me a lot. Once you have finished the work, close your Kinect V2. The result should be something like this:

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Kinect V2 – After the connection

Now connect Kinect V2 and download the last driver from device management, then download SDK 2.0 to test the device. If you want to use Kinect as a 3D scanner you also need to download 3D Scan and open it to start scanning!

As I said at the top of this article, Windows 10 is full compatible, so you can use “Windows Hello” to recognize your face to start your PC! Search on the Windows Store to find others compatible apps!

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After many attemps the result is this, not bad!

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