Occipital’s Structure Sensor Mark II is a smaller and far improved 3D scanner in your iPad

Back in 2013, Occipital (an organization then greatest identified for making the RedLaser barcode scanning app) released the Structure Sensor, a tool that turned any iPad you strapped it to into a transportable 3D scanner.

Six years later, they’re again with the subsequent one: Structure Sensor Mark II. It’s about half the scale, however significantly extra succesful.

After releasing the unique Structure Sensor, Occipital discovered that it was significantly common in two totally different use circumstances: making 3D scans of individuals (like, say, scanning somebody’s foot to make orthotics), and making 3D scans of rooms. Mark II’s specs and design have been tuned with these use circumstances in thoughts.

To enhance accuracy when scanning an individual, they’ve bumped up the decision (from 640×480 on the unique sensor to 1280×960 on Mark II) and elevated the space between the Structure’s cameras — thereby permitting it to seize finer particulars up shut.

To assist with room scanning, they’ve launched a fish-eye lens; this widens the Structure’s view, which ought to assist it carry out higher in smaller rooms.

Scanning vary has been elevated from 4m to 10m, they’ve added built-in gyroscopes/accelerometers, moved from a rolling shutter to a world shutter and a pair of latest IR depth cameras let it scan outside (whereas v1 was caught inside).

If you’ve been watching this area carefully, you may do not forget that Occipital launched a tool referred to as the Structure Core late last year. Whereas the unique Structure is primarily meant to be strapped to an iPad (and is constructed with iOS compatibility in thoughts), the Structure Core was constructed to work with all the things else — it’ll play pleasant with Linux, MacOS, Windows and Android, performing because the eyes for no matter challenge you may bear in mind. Beyond the broader compatibility, the Structure Core additionally noticed a reasonably important spec bump over the unique Structure.

Occipital co-founder Jeff Powers tells me that Structure Mark II shares numerous its guts with that lately launched Structure Core. The essential variations, I’m informed, are that it makes use of a unique connector (USB 2.0/Lightning versus USB 3.Zero on Core), has a built-in battery (as a result of they want extra energy than they will pull from the iPad, presently) and runs “significantly modified” firmware to make it play pleasant with iOS.

Occipital tells me that Structure Sensor Mark II will promote for $399, they usually count on the primary orders to ship in late August. They’re additionally planning to open a trade-in program, permitting anybody who has the unique Structure “in good condition” to show it again in and rise up to $100 off a Mark II.