Apple’s secret plans for PrimeSense 3D tech hinted at by new itSeez3D iPad app

“Apple has remained silent on its plans for PrimeSense, the 3D scanning firm it acquired last November,” Daniel Eran Dilger writes for AppleInsider. “But a new iPad app based on some of the same underlying technology — which allows users to quickly capture three dimensional models for use in CAD and 3D printing via a third party peripheral – indicates that Apple may be planning to integrate the tech into future iPads as a differentiating feature.”

“The itSeez3D app, currently free in the App Store for a limited time, uses an iPad-connected Structure Sensor to facilitate the 3D capture of the structure of objects (or people, above), which can then be automatically wrapped with a full color surface appearance,” Dilger writes. “itSeez’s app uploads its captured data to the cloud for advance processing, delivering a “complete 3D model within minutes” the company states. The software can share 3D models in standard .ply or .obj formats, which can be imported into CAD software or sent to 3D printers for building real life replicas.”

Dilger writes, “The possible inclusion of a mobile 3D capture sensor in future iPads would open up a variety of innovative new applications for Apple’s tablets, using hardware and software technology that other tablet makers would be unlikely find cost effective to copy.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Lynn Weiler” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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  1. Be prepared to hear from the “clones” of the world how worthless this technology is (just like how they expressed their hypocritical disgust for 64 bit tech) and they then hastily began to frantically create their own junk that they will “proudly” compare to Apples. Just like clockwork.

  2. Sweet, 3D photos, anyone? And not that parallax trick that Android phones do that give a headache. I’m thinking you could take a front picture, walk around and take a back one, and then you can do a 360 scroll around the pic. Neat.

  3. Another use case: pair this with an Apple 3D printer, which, according to the patents will be able to print out just about anything under a certain size.

    I wonder what the cost savings will be compared to purchasing a product through Amazon – 75%?

    1. Actually, the Kickstarter is NOT quite closed at the moment! If you rush over to the link (above) there are still a few donor deals available. But you’ll need $330, $339 or $950 handy, depending upon what you’d like for your pledge.

      (Future readers: There were only a total of 5 pledger deals left as of this moment in time).

  4. App free ! ?
    The App is as much use as a chocolate teapot without the sensor – so the real price is currently $499.

    You’ve got to have a pretty good business case or loads of cash just hanging about to be willing to wander around your kitchen taking 3D images of cuddly toys.

    The App Seene attempted to do the job with the camera on the phone.

    Immature tech without a killer reason to buy

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