Proof of concept 3D Scanner with Kinect and Raspberry Pi2

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I am working on a proof of concept standalone mobile 3D Scanner. Hopefully it will be possible to use a Raspberry Pi2 for this project. I have already posted a video on youtube. And some people asked for short instructions on how to run the Kinect on the Raspberry Pi2. And here it comes….

First i printed and modified a Kinect handle i found at Thingiverse. I remixed this handle and added a Raspberry Pi2 and a display mount to it.  You can find the files at:
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Make Light Wettbewerb 2014: LUMICATOR

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Der Artikel ist zwar lange überfällig, aber besser spät als nie. Die Hannover Messe steht an und somit auch die Siegerehrung zum aktuellen Make Light Wettbewerb.  Bei diesem konnte ich auch diesmal meinen Titel verteidigen. Der diesjährige Wettbewerb startete unter dem Motto “Vernetzte Photonik”.

Da ich in dies mal  etwas mehr Zeit hatte um mich auf den Wettbewerb vorzubereiten habe ich auch ein größeres Projekt eingereicht, welches ich in diesem Blog Artikel näher beschreibe.

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Python GPIO module problem on Raspberry Pi 2

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Last monday the Raspberry Pi 2 was released. I’ve got one of them on Tuesday. After the installation of the new Raspbian Image (2015-01-31) i realized that the default GPIO Python module of Raspian does not work with the Raspberry Pi 2 anymore. I tried to import the module and got a “This module can only be run on a Raspberry Pi!” message.

There is already a ticket for this issue at Sourceforge.  The sources are fixed but there is no raspbian upgrade until now. You can easily upgrade the module by compiling from source.

First install the needed packages.

$ sudo apt-get install python-dev python3-dev
$ sudo apt-get install mercurial
$ sudo apt-get install python-pip python3-pip

Remove the old packages.

$ sudo apt-get remove python-rpi.gpio python3-rpi.gpio

Install the new Versions

$ sudo pip install hg+
$ sudo pip-3.2 install hg+

After the installation is complete, you can try the module by starting python.


In Python test the installation by importing the module.

import RPi.GPIO

If you get no errors, the module will work.

Have fun!

For more detailed instructions visit:

Edit: Thanks to Ben Croston for the hint in the comments. I changed the instructions above. They match Ben’s suggested way of installation for the development version now.