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The latest entry in our "cool stuff from CES 2014" file comes from 3D systems, which today announced an iPad version of its unique Sense 3D scanner. Appropriately enough, it's called the "iSense," and it can scan three-dimensional objects and then send the data to your iPad, thus eliminating the need for the large, bulky scanners usually required for such technology.
In 3D Systems' own words, "The iSense is ideal for physical photography, empowering users to easily capture moments in every dimension. Created for 3DS by Occipital and powered by Structure Sensor technology, iSense can be used on anything and you don't have to stand still or place an object into a box as required with other 3D scanners. Users simply attach the iSense to an iPad, and they can literally walk around and scan entire objects or environments obtaining a photorealistic copy of the real thing. iSense is powered by the same software as 3DS' popular Sense scanner."
After downloading the data obtained from the iSense, you can then use it with any compatible 3D printing program. As MacRumors notes, Engadget wrote an extensive review of the original Sense scanner (seen in the video below), but found that the product still seems in the "way for the next version" stage of development. And since the iSense reportedly uses the same software, you can expect the same results.
At $499, it's also pricey, but so are most items associated with 3D printing technology these days. The product itself is expected to appear sometime in the second quarter of 2014.
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