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Artec Leo: Professional 3D Scanning as easy as a Stucture Sensor
1 month ago

Artec Leo: Professional 3D Scanning as easy as a Stucture Sensor

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In my CES2017 round-up post I wrote that Artec — the manufacturer of the Space Spider and Eva I just reviewed — announced two new products: The RobotiScan and a new, portable 3D scanner I didn’t yet know the name of.

Now I do — it’s called Leo and it looks like this:

Artec Leo Portable 3D Scanner Preview. The Successor of the Artec Eva.

I like the looks (and WALL·E loves it!)

And while there’s still not a single word about it on the Artec website, I stumbled across this elaborate post on New Equipment Digest — and it blew my mind. My post based on that and also contains additional info from direct contact with Artec. All with my opinions and expectations infused, or course.

In short: the Leo is an industrial-grade, handheld white light 3D scanner with a built-in battery, screen and computer. In other words: it combines professional quality with the ease-of-use of tablet-mounted depth sensors, like the Structure Sensor.

Not only will I compare the Leo to that entry-level depth sensor, but also to a direct competitor in the form of the Thor3D Drake.

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iSense Discount, Buyers’ Advice & Structure Sensor Exchange Program
1 month ago

iSense Discount, Buyers’ Advice & Structure Sensor Exchange Program

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Important Update with information regarding (discounted) iSense devices!

Note: This post has been updated multiple times since original publication and might be updated with the latest information to give you the best information.

Last update: 23 February 2017

Summary:

  • There are currently great discounts on the iSense on Amazon. As low as $73 including an iPad bracket. The offers ship to US addresses only.
  • If you’re not in the US, there are also a lot of discounted iSense 3D scanners on eBay with international shipping.
  • Discounted iSense 3D Scanners might not be compatible with Structure Sensor SDK and apps made by Occipital.
  • All iSense — wether bought at a discount or earlier for full price — devices cannot be updated to the latest Structure Sensor 2.0 or newer firmware. This update improves room scanning but won’t noticeably improve 3D scanning of objects and people.
  • Occipital has an Exchange Program to swap your iSense for a future-proof Structure Sensor $100 discount.
  • It’s not totally clear if discounted iSense devices that are not supported by Occipital will work with the itSeez3D 3D scanning app or not.

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All CES2017 3D Scanning Announcements
2 months ago

All CES2017 3D Scanning Announcements

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This year’s Consumer Electronics Show ended yesterday. For your convenience, I’ve compiled a list with all 3D Scanning-related announcements.

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Better 3D Scanning with HP’s new Sprout Pro G2
2 months ago

Better 3D Scanning with HP’s new Sprout Pro G2

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When I reviewed the original Sprout Pro by HP, I was impressed by how the user experience possibilities of the combination of the down-facing projector and touch mat. I was less …
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itSeez3D announces Smartphone 3D Capture SDK for Avatars
3 months ago

itSeez3D announces Smartphone 3D Capture SDK for Avatars

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3D capture has a lot of potential for consumers. But to make the technology approachable, it needs to become affordable, fast and mobile. Consumer-focused 3D scanning hardware for smartphones will enter …
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Leica & Autodesk Announce Portable 360° Reality Capture Device
3 months ago

Leica & Autodesk Announce Portable 360° Reality Capture Device

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Today at Autodesk University (AU2016), Leica Geosystems and Autodesk introduced the BLK360 — a Reality Capture device that combines a 360° Laser Scanner (with a range of up to 60 meters, with millimeter precision). And a 3-camera panoramic imaging system (that delivers a 150 megapixel spherical HDR image)… And an infrared camera…… And a thermal camera.

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Matterport released a 3D Scanning app for Google Tango
4 months ago

Matterport released a 3D Scanning app for Google Tango

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Today, Google finally launched Tango — a depth sensor-based 3D environment mapping technology that is small enough to built into smartphones. The first smartphone that features the technology, is Lenovo’s $499 Phab 2 Pro. As the product name implies this is a phablet with a very large 6.4″ screen, but it’s a smartphone and that makes it a significant milestone in mobile technology.

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HP is adding seamless DAVID 3D Scanner support to Sprout Pro
4 months ago

HP is adding seamless DAVID 3D Scanner support to Sprout Pro

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If you have read my HP Sprout Pro 3D Scanning Review you remember that I found the workflow well-designed and super easy, but lacking Pro features.

But here’s the good news: You …
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Microsoft is adding native 3D Capture to Windows 10
4 months ago

Microsoft is adding native 3D Capture to Windows 10

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Last Wednesday, Microsoft introduced a lot of new hardware, like the Surface Studio and a new Surface Book. These devices, with their large displays that can be used with touch, …
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Wacom’s new MobileStudio Pro tablets have a 3D Scanner
4 months ago

Wacom’s new MobileStudio Pro tablets have a 3D Scanner

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Last week, Wacom — the company known for its professional drawing tablets — announced the MobileStudio Pro. At first glance, it’s simply the successor of the Cintiq Companion, the stand-alone pen-display loved by many illustrators and graphic designers. But for this new version, Wacom has included features that will appeal extra to 3D artists and creative professionals that want to add 3D scanning to their workflow.

Here are 3 things you need to know:

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