3D Systems has been doing a pretty good job lately: yesterday we featured the company in an article about its new eco-friendly 3D printers and today we can confirm that their long-expected iSense for iPad is available for pre-order. This is an actual 3D scanner for iPad in the form of a lightweight camera.
So how does it work? Well, at first you attach the device to your iPad, and then you just take a stroll and 3D scan objects or even entire environments. It adds a new level to photography, as it enables its users to ‘photograph’ objects in 3D form. After scanning an object, you will be able to see your 3D model on screen, which you can use to get a 3D print of the object. This means you can scan a person with your iPad and get him or her printed in plastic right away.
In addition, it’s possible to scan as well as relatively giant objects, meaning you can scan a shoe, but also a car. The scan range has specialized setting for small as well as larger objects. Another feature worth mentioning is object recognition, which makes it possible to still recognize an object in case the background is full of different objects or shapes. After scanning an object, it’s also possible to enlarge or reduce the size of the object and adapt the object a little. Pre-ordered iSense devices (499 dollars) will start shipping in the second half of July.
When iPad entered the market back in 2010 there were lots of people taking holiday pictures with these relatively giant ‘cameras’ (see picture above, you know what I mean), which looked kind of hilarious. However, technology proved those early adapters right, and iPad has become a successful product by Apple. We are curious whether iSense will have a similar effect to this – or rather next – year’s summer holidays: will we see those early adapters with their iPads again – not making photos, but scanning objects, to get their holiday pictures 3D printed eventually? Who knows. We would say: keep an eye on tourists with iPads the upcoming months!
Credits images: iSense/ 3D Systems.