Valve’s Steam Deck is not just a gaming device – this was proven by [Parker Reed], who used a Kinect and the Steam Deck to 3D scan his kitchen and view the resulting mesh on the Steam Deck. While the combination of the two hardware components required a lot of adapters and cables, it was successfully able to capture a point cloud and color images by running the RTAB-Map software package on the Steam Deck and panning the Kinect around the room. This process also involved converting the data into a mesh textured with the color images.

RTAB-Map is often used in robotic applications but has also powered completely self-contained DIY 3D scanners. Although the process may seem relatively simple, it requires some finessing and fiddling to get it up and running. Reliability was also an issue due to the tangled mess of cables and adapters needed to connect everything together. [Parker] demonstrates the entire process in his experiment, but the scanning in action can be viewed from a little past the five-minute mark.

Despite its appearance as a games console, the Steam Deck has actual computer capabilities that have been cleverly hacked to perform various tasks. In addition to 3D scanning, the Steam Deck has also appeared as a USB printer and has even been used for radio signal direction finding.

Valve’s Steam Deck has proven to be more than meets the eye, allowing for creative experimentation beyond its original design. The combination of the Steam Deck and a Kinect produced a 3D scan of a kitchen, showcasing the potential for innovative applications of this gaming device.

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