The PrimeSense team is enthusiastic about the announcement of a new 3D sensor for iPad and other mobile devices called the Structure Sensor—an exciting development in mobile computer vision technology built by Occipital, and powered by PrimeSense technology.
Occipital has a history of creating advanced computer vision-based applications for mobile devices, including RedLaser (acquired by eBay) and 360 Panorama.
Today, Occipital is launching the Structure Sensor on Kickstarter to reach out to developers and technology enthusiasts and give life to this product. The Structure Sensor is a new peripheral sensor for mobile devices including the iPad that gives them the ability to understand the world in three dimensions. Powered by PrimeSense 3D sensing technology, Structure Sensor generates a VGA depth stream at 30 frames per second, where each pixel represents the distance to a real-world point.
What makes the Structure Sensor exciting? It was designed to go mobile – iPad mobile. Featuring compact dimensions, a mobile-optimized range, and a precision bracket that lets it quickly and securely attach to an iPad with Lightning connector. It also runs on its own internal battery and doesn’t require an external power source to operate. Attaching the sensor to an iPad enables a new breed of mobile applications, including:
- 3D mapping of indoor spaces
- 3D Augmented Reality (AR) games
- 3D object scanning for 3D printing
- Body scanning for fitness and virtual fitting
- Virtual reality games using 3D environments from the real world
The Structure Sensor will ship with demo apps so it can be used right out of the box, and developers can use the Structure SDK to create apps that tap into 3D depth data on an iOS device for the first time. It can also be connected to other devices like Android tablets using a Hacker Cable, and is compatible with the OpenNI SDK . Check out Occipital’s Kickstarter page for all of the details!