Scan the world with your Kinect

… Or with your ASUS Xtion:

The 3D App Center by FARO! - Stand-Alone Apps - FARO - SCENECT

As you may know I work as a software developer for FARO Technologies. We recently released a Windows application called SCENECT that can be used to create point clouds of the environment while using a Kinect or Xtion as “camera”. The software was well received by professional operators of 3D tools, and is available for free in FARO’s application store. There are also plenty of tutorial videos on YouTube, e.g. about creating a polygon model out of your point cloud. There’s also an interesting thread in the laser scanning forum that features several cool scan projects and advanced scanning techniques. Kudos to my colleagues Rasmus Debitsch and Gerrit Hillebrand who are the main developers of SCENECT.

Meanwhile, we also released the new versions of our main application SCENE 5.1, which is used to process and visualize point clouds gathered with our Focus 3D laser scanner, and its associated web viewer SCENE WebShare 5.1. The new WebShare version was mainly developed by me, by the way. You can have a look at it on our official SCENE WebShare server:

SCENE WebShare


Minor website improvements

Today I worked on the website and removed commented out or unnecessary elements. I also replaced some database calls with hard-coded HTML to reduce the server load. The webpages should load slightly faster now. One always has to look that a website doesn’t become cluttered because more and more stuff is added to it.

My major ad provider will probably release asynchronous ads soon which should further increase the website speed.


Top 10 comments from comics #311 to #325

Here is my top 10 list of the best/funniest comments from the strips #311 to #325 in our archive. The top 10 of the strips #296 to #310 was posted on 10 November 2012.

Comment by Blitz on the strip Woo, The Math Genius:

“Sandy <3 Cloudy” is entirely true and correct. It’s the question that’s wrong.

Comment by N0083rP00F on the strip Woo, The Math Genius:

Deko: …woo is not a math expert..but a mating expert…….that’s why he knows that the answer is wrong…..

As a mating expert he should know his multiplication quite well then ;)

Comment by Blitz on the strip Everything Is Better With Maniacal Laughter:

It’s true, you know. I try to punctuate EVERY activity with a good, hearty, maniacal laugh.

(You should have heard the one that accompanied this comment!)

Comment by Gaz Wilmbroke on the strip Irrhetorical Question:

There’s made-up grades… Peppermint Patty got straight Zs one year.

Comment by vash_ts on the strip Landon Is Not Aware Of The Ladder Theory:

#10 boys she´d lend her flamethrower

Comment by Maravilla on the strip Landon Is Not Aware Of The Ladder Theory:

Ok first: The ladder theory is neither correct as it is, nor the total truth I assure you!
At least it puts thinks much too simple. As if EVERY boy just thought about the one thing (I know my boy friend does not, well not the whole time XD) and I think boys can also have friendships with other girls without considering whether they wanna kiss them or not. Just girls to hang out with, it may sound stuipid to some but I’m befriended with boys who don’t want something from me and I know boys (also without girlfriends) who casually hang out with girls. Also I know of girls beeing rejected by bosy beeing told “let’s just be friends” so its not one sided.

About jumping over to the other ladder: It can happen but I think it’s difficult. If a girl is not inittially interested ALSO in an intimate way then it’s highly unlikely the guy will ever be considered for something like that. Thats personal experience, I personally had two guys in love with me I only considered as friends and couldn’t even imagine kissing! (poor guys, I was really sorry, I realy liked them…)

Ok now what is totally wrong? To assume that girls will consider boys only as friends when they are nice and helpful! I know a bunch of girls liking nice-guys even without super musceles and what ever because it gives one a sense of security. So he might also have started climbing the other ladder. Especially since its Larissa who has had quite some boys (remember the strip where she is angry cause she was called a “whore” by cloey?) but never one that she considered staying with. These were prabably rather the good-looking-cool-guys. So something so different, someone caring for her might work (though It will probably take her to get it XD)

Comment by Landbark on the strip Larisa Is Not Aware Of The Ladder Theory:

Larisa’s ladder propably has only three steps:

Top one – Kiss now.
Middle one – Kiss later.
Bottom one – BURN!!!

and Landon jumped from middle to the top one.

Comment by MegaTJ on the strip Mcm310:

Cloud, have you gone nuts?! Sandra wields the impulse-triggered high-speed sphere accelerator! You just can’t say things like that to her face!

Comment by Greenwood Goat on the strip Mcm310:

And so, falling before the dreadful force of the liberator Cloud’s (folded) arms, the deposed empress of Northia went into internal exile. Confined to an area the size of her bed, she was taught the error of her ways. By Cloud. Personally.

When he was finished with her, she would never again bring the heel of oppression down on the powerless, the voiceless, the stuffed or the injection moulded. And she would always remember to return his calculator at the end of the maths lesson.

Comment by Erika on the strip Mcm310:

How revolting; they are revolting.

If they were revolting on the counter instead of the bedroom floor, it would be a counter revolution.


2000 friends on Facebook

Sandra and Woo has recently passed the mark of 2000 friends on its Facebook page. That’s a nice number keeping in mind that we don’t publish Facebook exclusive material. Meanwhile, its Google Plus page has a little over 300 followers.


Top 10 comments from comics #296 to #310

Here is my top 10 list of the best/funniest comments from the strips #296 to #310 in our archive. The top 10 of the strips #251 to #295 was posted on 3 November 2012.

Comment by AckAckAck on the strip a.r.t.I:

Sandra and Woo’s universe is actually in monochrome, and only paintings that had colours, it means that Sandra and Woo’s universe painters had this special power to reach to the forbidden zone never meant to be known by people (in that universe).

So, all coloured comics in Sandra and Woo comic is actually Ivan’s paintings. Ivan is like a combination of Gandalf, Loki, Sandman, the Specter, and Lord of Time combined into one.

This wild mass guessing is brought to you by Tinfoil Hat Inc.

Comment by JA_of_MN on the strip a.r.t.II:

Demons: Minions of Lucifer, bringers of torment and suffering. They also know how to balance a budget.
Who knew?

Comment by Wolfen on the strip a.r.t.II:

Pretty sure Larissa’s only inner demon is Ifrit.

Comment by gerardo tejada on the strip a.r.t.II:

The imagination is tied to how we been raised and were we sit on society. A basic explanation for larisa is somwhat of a rebellious atittude to her father´s style and a way to express some feelings that can get out other way (If we consider Larisa´s life have more fire than flowers).

Besides in her Caothic Neutral ideology the unexpected is to be expected, of course I dont think she “thinks” that way (as rational thinking is not part of her). Also experimentation in art is product of reflexion, a simple pretty picture has a lot less “philosophycal reflexion”, in it simplicity is extrictly caothic (example: Punk).

Is always to be remembered that the character of Larissa is tied to her use of insuline, her family (and her conection with Russian Heritage), her “comodity” (they dont suffer too much to pays the bills and Larissa has enough money to buy her set for painting), her rebelious attitude and her relationship with her friends.

She doesnt care for other people views, as long as she herself feels fine and see no harm. The “slut” arc for example. Her paintings dont have to be coherent with her, but just give her pleassure. Her painting would also be liberated of the modern and ilustrated concept of art (s XVIII), so she gives not a crap about if her paintings can be considered as ART or as simple paintings.

Is complex but pretty simple: she just paints what she feels like to paint/ paints what she wants.

To just paint flames and destruction will not fit in her ideology, is what the others expect of her.

Comment by NDividedByZero on the strip a.r.t.III:

Leave it to Larisa to turn an impressionist piece into surrealism.

Comment by Icalasari on the strip What Woo Needs:

Then comes the disappointment for Lily when Woo interprets “cuddling” as cuddling

Comment by Zack the Kajillionth on the strip Eating:

And so the “worm” tag was born.
And as such the “worm” tag may never be used again.

Comment by Marj on the strip “Cuddling”:

Woo deliberately lost every game from then on.

Comment by Unclever title on the strip “Cuddling”:

That butterfly seemed awfully curious about that conversation.

Comment by Blitz on the strip Important Advice:

The amazing thing is, they never even got to any dares. All Larisa had to do was tell the truth!