Update 15 June 2017
I’ve published a full in-depth, hand-on Review of the EinScan-SE and EinScan-SP!
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.
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 …
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:
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.
Last update: 31 May 2017
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 …
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.
Yesterday night, I attended an exclusive Wacom release event in Amsterdam. Here the maker of industry-standard pen input devices presented new products, including the new Cintiq Pro and MobileStudio Pro that I wrote about earlier.
I also got some time to play with the highest-end 16-inch MobileStudio Pro, which includes the NVIDIA Quadro M1000M GPU and an Intel RealSense R200 3D Scanner with Artec Studio 11 Ultimate software.
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.