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How to win $1,000 with your Microsoft Kinect

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Kinect contest

Kinect contest

Thousands of dollars in prize money await creative Kinect owners, but you have to hurry up. This contest is over at the end of this month.

Artec Group, a manufacturer and developer of 3D scanners and 3D face recognition devices, is sponsoring the Winter Fun with Kinect worldwide competition challenging contestants to submit 3D models scanned with Kinect, ASUS Xtion or Primesense sensors – or Artec's Eva 3D scanner. The theme for submission is the winter season. Submissions will be accepted until Feb. 28, and there is no limit to the entries.

All you have to do is download the free trial version of Artec Studio, scan any object associated with winter and upload to the Viewshape site. The most creative, most original and best-executed 3D models will be chosen by the judging panel.

I’m not sure what sort of sensibilities these judges have, but if the Internet has taught me anything it’s that cats, babies and puppies seem to appeal to everyone. I suggest cats wearing Christmas sweaters, snowmen holding puppies or babies riding reindeer. If you already own the Eva, the company’s flagship 3D scanner for professionals, you can enter as well. Just tag your 3D model as #WinterFunEva on ViewShape.

Kinect winners will be in hunt for $1,000, $750 and $500 prizes. Eva winners get special attention with prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $750. 10 runners-up will get the full version of Artec Studio. There’s also a $250 People’s Choice award. If you’re scan gets the most “likes” you get the cash.

Here’s the cool thing: Once you have discovered Artec Studio x Kinect, you can use your 3D models for gaming/visual effects, online/web visualizations, graphic design, 3D printing and more.
“We are very excited to hold the Winter Fun with Kinect contest,” said Artem Yukhin, President of Artec Group.

“The Artec team has introduced 3D face recognition technology and created a real-time handheld professional 3D scanner. Today, Artec Studio for Kinect takes professional 3D scanning to a new, broader audience of gamers and enthusiasts eager to learn firsthand about 3D scanning.”

Here’s what you have to do:
1.Download Artec Studio, free trial, here.

Registration is required. Take a look at the tutorials to execute 3D scanning properly.

2. Upload your model to
Viewshape is a free 3D model uploader, where you can view your scanned objects at different angles, save them and share with your pals.

For more details and full Terms and Conditions, visit the official contest promo page. Winners will be announced March, 4, 2013.

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