Seems pretty clear people are interested in hacking Leap and creating a scanner in the line of Skanect or similar. Bought my unit with just this goal in mind. I firmly believe this implementation is possible, though I have just now come on to the Leap scene and have much work to do before I understand the SDK and APIs.
Just a bit about me: I am a seasoned fabricator with some coding skills and some CNC knowledge - looking for math nerds and code junkies to collaborate on the software end. I'll be posting some Sketchup drawings for what I have in mind in the coming days. And since this is possibly a large scale endeavor, I figure the scannable volume should be human-sized - full body.
At its heart, this machine is simply a motorized Lazy Susan. The mechanical end should be very straightforward - a few gear calculations and some trigonometry makes the math, and a stepper motor, xl timing belt - these are relatively cheap and plug-n-play. I'd love a unit that spun around a body like an airport scanner, but we should stick with the simplest workable implementation before we decide to get fancy.
So, is anyone interested? Open Source 3-D Leap Hack?
We should be interested in nailing down the best code language approach in the beginning - whatever works best to process the raw data and convert it to a usable 3-D image. Python and Blender seem appropriate, but I'd love to hear from the community. It also depends on final use for the 3-D image - will it be a model? Used online or in a game? 3-D printed or otherwise CNC'd into existence?
If there's interest, I'll put together a Github page to keep track of progress.
Cheers to everyone who wants to lend a hand to see this created.
Disclaimer: This project is not (currently) endorsed by Leap Motion in any official manner.