3D is not only confined to the movies, but it has more or less made its way to mainstream consciousness on the home front as well with a rash of desktop 3D printers exploding in this fast growing niche market. Hmmm, having said that, there might just be an opportunity for the world of 3D scanning to mature even more. So far, we do know that Kinect from Microsoft has been edging closer to making such technology mainstream, while the Digitizer from MakerBot is about to be launched, so here we are with another small player in the market who has turned to Kickstarter for help so that it can ensure the Structure Sensor will be able to roll off production lines when the time comes.
Occipital’s Structure Sensor will require a cool $100,000 from backers to believe in the project, with the rather ambitious goal of delivering this mobile scanner to market before 2013 calls it quits. The Structure Sensor works by clipping itself onto a tablet using a bracket, which would then allow you to scan objects in addition to creating your very own 3D maps of indoor spaces, among others. Just what will a $349 pledge net you? The Structure Sensor itself, an iPad bracket and a Lightning cable, of course. [Kickstarter Page]