Radiohead's "House of Cards" video was equal parts bizarre and beautiful, until you found out it was all data visualization. Then it was just mind blowing. This detailed Instructable teaches the technique with stuff you probably have around the house.

Point Clouds with Depth of Field from Kyle McDonald on Vimeo.

Those are the results of Kyle McDonald's at-home structured light 3D scanning, a technique that recreates images in "point clouds" purely from data on shape, color, and the relative distance between objects. Using only a digital camera and a projector, McDonald shows how you can replicate the effect that distinguished Radiohead's music video for "House of Cards," released last year:

While you'd need an advanced laser set up to do things just like Radiohead did, this guide will still have you blowing minds in no time. [Instructables]