When you think about 3D gestures, Microsoftâ€™s Kinect device comes to your mind. Even if it can serve to other purposes than just gaming, we canâ€™t say that Kinect is as mobile as your iPad, for example. Thatâ€™s why Occipital wants to come up with a product that would transform your iPad into a 3D scanner.
The company has started a Kickstarter project for its Structure Sensor product. It already has surpassed the $100,000 funding goal in under 24 hours and at the time of writing this article, they were nearing $500,000 with more than 40 days left. This is truly impressive.
The Structure Sensor is basically a small kit that gets attached to your iPad through a mounting bracket and has dual Infrared (IR) sensors and a traditional camera. Using them, it can do a 3D scan of your room or it can even 3D scan an object. Gamers will also get to benefit from the Structure Sensor, as augmented reality apps will become a possibility thanks to its open API.
The Structure Sensor has its own batteries, being able to run for up to 4 hours continuously with up to 1,000 hours of stand-by time. As youâ€™ll understand from the video, the main use of 3D scanned objects is to potentially later on reproduce them using a 3D printer.
â€œEverything about the Structure Sensor is designed to enable new software applications and optimize the user experienceâ€ says Jew Powers, the founder of Occipital.
Currently, you can get the Structure Sensor for $359, but thatâ€™s likely to go up soon. Occipital expects the Structure Sensor to be delivered by this February.