A few months ago I wrote about Microsoft’s endeavors in creating two studios for capturing volumetric video allowing the creation of moving 3D assets for real-time applications like games, VR …
Depth Sensors are one of the most affordable ways to start 3D scanning and Intel’s RealSense devices have been popular for this purpose from the start. I’ve reviewed both the …
At CES 2018, Shining 3D announced new modules for their EinScan line of 3D Scanners.
Discovery Pack for EinScan-SE & EinScan-SP
When I reviewed the Einscan-SE & SP I was surprised …
Twindom is a manufacturer of ready-to-use solutions that can make full body 3D captures using a clever combination of Photogrammetry and Structured Light Scanning. At CES 2018 they take this …
At CES 2018, HP announced the Z 3D Camera, a down-facing depth sensor that can make 3D scans. Sounds familiar? That’s because HP uses the same concept on their Sprout Pro all-in-one computers, of which I reviewed the G2 a while a go.
Microsoft has decided to stop producing its Kinect Depth Sensor, according to an exclusive report on FastCo Design. With that decision the company is Hitting Refresh on yet another product that didn’t receive mass traction. The Kinect, especially the original 360 model, is not just a device that is used for Xbox owners to play motion-activated (dance) games but also a very popular device for people to get into 3D scanning at an affordable price point.
Kinect was the beginning point of many interesting software solutions for 3D scanning, too, like the Skanect application (Review) that was later acquired by Occipital, manufacturer of the still-available Structure Sensor (Review).
While I never tested the original Kinect 360, I did write a Mini-Review of the Kinect V2 for Xbox One / Windows without much enthusiasm about the results I got. So I think it’s a good decision and maybe it helps Microsoft to speed up the development of that very promising mobile 3D Capture app.
Now that it’s no longer in production and stock will probably run out after a few months, what are the alternatives for 3D scanning with a budget-friendly depth sensor?
Here are a few to consider:
When it comes to photogrammetry-based 3D capture, Autodesk has been making a lot of decisions in a short period of time. First they discontinued the popular 12D Catch apps. Then they …
I have always believed that brining 3D to consumers could only work without the need for dedicated depth sensors. This pure-software approach is already being embraced for Augmented Reality with …
Updated 20 July 2017
After a month delay I received the book yesterday and read it all the way through. It’s very well written and interesting! Of course, the first …
Amazon’s latest assistant device, the Echo Look, features a microphone and speakers like the other Echos but also has a camera. It’s supposed to be used to take photos of you wearing different clothes each day so it can learn your taste, advice new stuff to buy and even helps you choose between different outfits through machine learning.
That might be awesome for some people but the moment I saw the thing I noticed it’s odd shape with familiar dimensions. Which becomes clear when you spot the icon in the bottom left corner of the product overview.