"Y Combinator startup Matterport that has invented a new compact scanner has raised $3,908,189 USD, almost 4 million dollars from 39 investors, according to Matterport’s SEC filing. (…)
According to Michael Beebe, their scanner is 20 times faster and 18 times cheaper than any other scanner in the market, and this low-cost 3D scanner allows anyone to quickly and easily produce a realistic 3D model.
The tripod-based scanner has a head enclosed with two cameras. It uses PrimeSense sensors that automatically creates beautiful, color 3D models of interior spaces, same as what Microsoft uses for the Kinect. When you press “scan” the head starts turning 360 degress to scan. The user controls the scanner via an iPad to view the 3D model. He or she can move the scanner to do extra scan and the software automatically stitches the data from these placements together in real time.” ~ 3ders.org
personalfactory: Really good news - just imagine how cheap and rather easy would be to start selling scanned and 3d printed figurines of customers in “3d printing photo booth" like one in Japan. I can’t w8 to see final products of this project (almost as eagerly as for Leap)!