Itseez3D a mobile scanning software maker, has released an update to its 3D scanner app that can accommodate full-body 3D models. itSeez3D now allows the iPad to create realistic full-body models from 3D scans using Occipital’s Structure Sensor ($379), a snap-on hardware device. Before the update, the app was only capable of scanning the head and shoulders.
The new technology provides a convenient tool for the 3D printing industry, facilitating scans of color figurine models within a couple of minutes. The updated app also offers the option of scanning more than 50 percent higher resolution textures than the previous version, the company said.
“This technology is used to print color figurines, which is a whole new way of capturing the memories and likeness of those who are dear to you,” said Victor Erukhimov, Itseez3D’s CEO.
It works like this: The iPad app uses the Structure Sensor to collect 3D data of a scanned object (or person) and the iPad’s camera to gather images from multiple positions. It then reconstructs the shape online to provide visual feedback and guide users through the scanning process.
Once the scan is complete, the app sends data to the cloud, where an algorithm stitches 3D point clouds and RGB images from the multiple viewpoints together into a single color 3D model that is sent back to the iPad. This model can be printed with any color 3D printer available on the market.
In addition to creating consumer products, Erukhimov sees utilitarian uses for 3D scans in online shopping for things like virtually trying on clothing or eyeware, or even for medical purposes. “An affordable body scanner could disrupt the medical industry by enabling cheaper simulations for plastic surgery or by creating a digital replica of a human foot for orthopedic applications,” he said.
The new version of the Itseez3D app is available for download in the App Store. It is free for non-commercial use, though business customers are charged per printed model.
The app is compatible with the iPad 4, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display models.