3D Scanning A Room With A Steam Deck And A Kinect

It may not be obvious, but Valve’s Steam Deck is capable of being more than just a games console. Demonstrating this is [Parker Reed]’s experiment in 3D scanning his kitchen with a Kinect and Steam Deck combo, and viewing the resulting mesh on the Steam Deck.

The two pieces of hardware end up needing a lot of adapters and cables.

[Parker] runs the RTAB-Map software package on his Steam Deck, which captures a point cloud and color images while he pans the Kinect around. After that, the Kinect’s job is done and he can convert the data to a mesh textured with the color images. RTAB-Map is typically used in robotic applications, but we’ve seen it power completely self-contained DIY 3D scanners.

While logically straightforward, the process does require some finessing and fiddling to get it up and running. Reliability is a bit iffy thanks to the mess of cables and adapters required to get everything hooked up, but it does work. [Parker] shows off the whole touchy process, but you can skip a little past the five minute mark if you just want to see the scanning in action.

The Steam Deck has actual computer chops beneath its games console presentation, and we’ve seen a Steam Deck appear as a USB printer that saves received print jobs as PDFs, and one has even made an appearance in radio signal direction finding.

2 thoughts on “3D Scanning A Room With A Steam Deck And A Kinect

  1. Ngl the steam deck has been my favorite co.putwr purchase of all time. I’m working on building out a system based on the deckmate and some dongles that will specifically be a cyber deck with a split keyboard and also may e integrate it into my car in a steering wheel mount as the “infotainment system”. Should be sick.

  2. I love my Steamdeck. Great for gaming on the go but also use it as a desktop when I don’t need the power of my main rig. Even down to using it to make 3D models in OnShape and slicing them in Prusaslicer. Barely even notice its Linux based most of the time.

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