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New Book from Autodesk covers the Future of 3D Scanning & Photogrammetry
1 month ago

New Book from Autodesk covers the Future of 3D Scanning & Photogrammetry

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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 …
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The Amazon Echo Look has a RealSense Depth Sensor — basically a 3D Scanner
2 months ago

The Amazon Echo Look has a RealSense Depth Sensor — basically a 3D Scanner

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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.

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Scandy Pro turns your Tango phone into a 3D Scanner for Objects
2 months ago

Scandy Pro turns your Tango phone into a 3D Scanner for Objects

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As you probably know if your on this website, Google’s Tango technology might be targeted at Augmented Reality (AR) but is also capable of making 3D Scans. …
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Preview: Qlone iOS app uses AR for sensor-less 3D Scanning
2 months ago

Preview: Qlone iOS app uses AR for sensor-less 3D Scanning

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Before it was discontinued in 2016, Autodesk’s 123D Catch (Review) was the go-to app for 3D scanning on mobile devices without the need of additional hardware. For iOS users the only current free alternative is TRNIO (Review) which uses a more automated way of capturing a series of photos compared to Autodesk’s photo-by-photo approach.

Now there’s a new app entering this space — Qlone — developed by Eye Cue Technologies, a company that has an impressive portfolio of AR games and apps.

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[Updated 2017] Bevel 3D (Reviewed), eroa3D (Soon), Pixelio (Bankrupt?)
2 months ago

[Updated 2017] Bevel 3D (Reviewed), eroa3D (Soon), Pixelio (Bankrupt?)

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This post was originally published on August 3, 2016 but has been revised on June 19, 2017 to reflect updates on the mentioned products.

Apparently crowdfunding affordable 3D scanners is hard, since the Bevel came out almost a year later than expected, the eora 3D is delayed (but still expected) and the manufacturer behind Pixelio seems to have gone bankrupt.

The market for 3D scanning is changing and is no longer limited to industrial measuring purposes. Now that services such as Sketchfab make it easy to share 3D models through the (Mobile) Web and in Virtual Reality, both consumers and (creative) professionals are starting to see the benefits of presenting their physical work, products or finds in 3D. This group is also realizing that they don’t have to spent thousands of dollars on a industrial-grade 3D scanner, but can instead capture 3D with their Smartphone—with the help of Free Photogrammetry Apps.

Manufacturers are noticing this and are creating trying hard (or have tried hard) to create a completely new, innovative breed of affordable devices that make 3D scanning faster, more precise—and simply more fun! But can these benefits make them worth their price?

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Lightform turns your beamer into an AR projector — and a 3D Scanner
3 months ago

Lightform turns your beamer into an AR projector — and a 3D Scanner

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You might now that with my blog and consultancy service I’m focussing on what I call “3D Scanning Beyond Engineering”. For me this means that I try to inspire people about using 3D scanning technology for all kinds of new, innovative purposes.

It excites me that recently, this has started to go beyond capturing objects and people. A while back I wrote about Hayo — a virtual assistant-like device that can make a 3D scan of a room and turn any object into a remote control for the internet of things.

Today, I’m writing about another device that wants to bring 3D scanning into your living room but in a totally different way. It’s called Lightform and its mission is to make Projection Mapping easy and accessible.

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What’s new in Artec Studio 12?
4 months ago

What’s new in Artec Studio 12?

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When I reviewed the Artec Eva recently, my conclusion was pretty simple: that device is currently the best general-purpose handheld 3D scanner money can buy — if you have enough …
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Shining 3D introduces new EinScan-SE and SP Desktop 3D Scanners
4 months ago

Shining 3D introduces new EinScan-SE and SP Desktop 3D Scanners

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Update 15 June 2017
I’ve published a full in-depth, hand-on Review of the EinScan-SE and EinScan-SP!

Read the Comprehensive Review

Yesterday I attended the grand opening of Shining 3D’s EMEA office in Stuttgart, Germany. With this big step the Chinese company also launched two new desktop structured light scanners. The $1199 EinScan-SE will replace the EinScan-S I reviewed last year while the $2299 EinScan-SP is positioned between the base model and the EinScan-Pro I also reviewed earlier.

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Hayo adds a 3D Scanner to a Virtual Assistant — and it makes sense
5 months ago

Hayo adds a 3D Scanner to a Virtual Assistant — and it makes sense

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If you haven’t lived under a rock for the past year, you know that physical virtual assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home are here to make our homes smarter …
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Artec Leo Preview: Video, Sample Scan, Specs, Price & Release Date
5 months ago

Artec Leo Preview: Video, Sample Scan, Specs, Price & Release Date

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This article was originally published on January 23, 2017 and has been updated on March 13, 2017 after Artec has launched the official Leo product page, specs and price. I also included a video of the scanner in action.

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 Review, Price, Release Data

Artec Leo Review, Price, Release Data

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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