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.
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. …
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.
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?
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.
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