How To Turn Your iPad Into A 3-D Scanner

Structure Sensor Gets Tremendous Backing on Kickstarter

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From the “Mashable” blog comes the story of a new gadget that will turn your iPad into a powerful 3-D scanner.

Despite the price of 3-D printers decreasing every month, the main problem that people who buy them have is the lack of an optical scanner to render 3-D models of objects.

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Structure Sensor is a new piece of hardware from Occipital being funded through Kickstarter. The idea proved so popular that Occipital achieved its $100,000 funding goal in just over three hours. In fact, more 1,400 backers have pledged more than a half-million dollars for its development, with 42 days still to go in the Kickstarter campaign. Here’s how the company describes its invention:

“With the Structure Sensor attached to your mobile device, you can walk around the world and instantly capture it in a digital form. This means you can capture 3D maps of indoor spaces and have every measurement in your pocket. You can instantly capture 3D models of objects and people for import into CAD and for 3D printing. You can play mind blowing augmented reality games where the real world is your game world.

If you’re a developer, Structure gives you the ability to build mobile applications that interact with the three dimensional geometry of the real world for the very first time.”

As Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media said, “New senses are going to make possible new applications.”

I can’t wait to see this gadget, which adds a new unique affordance to those already available from mobile devices.

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Gary Woodill is a senior analyst with Float, as well as CEO of i5 Research. Gary conducts research and market analyses, as well as assessments and forecasting for emerging technologies. Gary is the co-editor of "Mastering Mobile Learning," author of “The Mobile Learning Edge,” and the co-author of “Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds.” He also presents at conferences and is the author of numerous articles and research reports on emerging learning technologies. Gary holds a doctor of education degree from the University of Toronto.

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On September 27, 2013
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One Response to How To Turn Your iPad Into A 3-D Scanner

  1. Nils Olof Nilsland says:

    when does the structure sensor becomes available on the market?

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