This week's Freshpreneur's choice comes from Silicon Valley. The producer is Occipital—a software company and first-time hardware venture with PrimeSense. Jeff Powers, cofounder of Occipital, is on the cusp of something truly great for the world of 3D.
The Structure Sensor is a device that allows for 3D digitizing of your world. It is housed in an anodized aluminum chassis with dual infrared LEDs. This device can take exact measurements of a room and render a digitized 3D model. Likewise, it can measure and recognize objects with which it can interact from an augmented reality perspective. The Structure Sensor has a mounting brace that attaches to an iPad. The range of the sensor is from 40 cm to 3.5 meters. The current campaign that had intended to raise $100,000 has now nearly surpassed $750,000.
Ok, above I stated that this device is on the cusp of something great in the world of 3D. This piece of hardware is meant to be a springboard for other 3D and augmented reality software and hardware. Jeff Powers made it clear that his intent with the release of the Structure Sensor was to 1) get it into the right hands and 2) provide a hackable product that would serve as inroads to other discoveries. To facilitate this, USB Hacker Cable, open source drivers, and bracket CAD specs are provided. The Structure Sensor will be the spring board that POPs us into the future.