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Parrot ANAFI Ai early access program revealed for pro-droning

Parrot ANAFI Ai early access program revealed for pro-droning

There's an early access program coming to the likes of the Parrot ANAFI Ai 4G LTE-connected drone. This is the sort of program you get in on if you're a hardcore drone user, if you're the sort of professional who uses drones for high-level visuals or 3D scanning, and for those that wish to be the first users of the Parrot ANAFI Ai 4G robotic UAV. Parrot does make clear that this is for "professional drone operators"... but that's you, right?

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Fortnite Balenciaga update: 3D scanned fashion and the metaverse

Fortnite Balenciaga update: 3D scanned fashion and the metaverse

Fashion brand Balenciaga announced they'd be teaming up with Fortnite this week for some wild outfits. This is a luxury fashion house, this Balenciaga, but they'll be dropping some clothing for Fortnite characters all the same. They'll appear in the game with a new "Balenciaga Fit Set" for four characters.

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Scan Dimension Sol Pro 3D scanner: Is this the one?

Scan Dimension Sol Pro 3D scanner: Is this the one?

A new 3D scanner appeared in the release schedule at Scan Dimension with an aim for top performance in a desktop sized machine. This is just the latest in a line of very, very similar sorts of machines. They're small enough (and hopefully inexpensive enough) to allow creative users to place a small object on a rotating stand, press SCAN, and see that object appear in 3D space on their desktop machine. Now we get to see if the SOL PRO is up to the task.

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Scaniverse acquired by Niantic: What happens next

Scaniverse acquired by Niantic: What happens next

An announcement was made today by Niantic and the folks at Scaniverse - the former acquired the latter. Niantic is the company that created Pokemon GO and continues to expand their vision for a GPS-based and 3D-aware gaming and mapping ecosystem. Scaniverse by Toolbox AI is a 3D scanning mobile application that is (for now) based on the iPhone's 3D-scanning capabilities with LiDAR.

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eBay Pokemon and Magic card scanner appears to work with ease

eBay Pokemon and Magic card scanner appears to work with ease

A new tool for eBay card sellers was revealed for release in the month of April 2021. Using what eBay calls "computer vision technology", the eBay Scanning Tool will allow users to both capture imagery of their trading cards and allow their device to instantly recognize the card they're scanning. This should assist in streamlining the entire card selling process for the average user.

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New virtual unfolding tech unlocks antique letters without damage

New virtual unfolding tech unlocks antique letters without damage

When King Tut was removed from his tomb in 1922, his body was effectively ripped to pieces in order to separate his jewelry for transport and/or display. Here in modernity, scientists and archeologists take a much more conservative approach to preserving materials for optimum study. Since the dawn of time, ancient folded or "locked" documents, like those part of a study published this week, have been cut to bits in order to read the writings they contained With what's been developed by researchers and presented here in 2021, antique document destruction-by-default may become a thing of the past.

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Raspberry Pi and OpenScan make a better 3D scanner than your phone

Raspberry Pi and OpenScan make a better 3D scanner than your phone

I have a question about 3D scanning devices: Why aren't they easier to access? Today a project by Thomas Megel made the rest of the handheld smart device universe look silly by comparison. With OpenScan project software, Raspberry Pi, and the Pi camera v2.1, Megel created a budget-friendly 3D-scanning system that's able to capture highly accurate 10-micron 3D scans with relative ease.

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Matterport is now the newest iPhone and iPad’s most awesome 3D app

Matterport is now the newest iPhone and iPad’s most awesome 3D app

The folks at Matterport revealed a relatively major update this week, specifically for iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Pro 2020. This update adds improved dimensional accuracy with LiDAR for those two devices. This means that the 3D sensor at the back of the device - that sensor you're usually not thinking about more than once in a blue moon - will be used to capture and create some of the most awesome media you've ever had the opportunity to share.

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Hirox Europe releases 10-billion-pixel scan of Girl with a Pearl Earring

Hirox Europe releases 10-billion-pixel scan of Girl with a Pearl Earring

Today you can view a 10-billion-pixel scan of the Johannes Vermeer painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring." Over the course of one night, the folks at Hirox captured 91,000 photos of the painting. Hirox fed the photos into a computer where their custom software took care of all the stitching. The result was a single reconstruction of the painting at 93,205 x 108,565 pixels in all.

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Pokemon GO leak tips key use for iPhone 12 Pro LiDAR

Pokemon GO leak tips key use for iPhone 12 Pro LiDAR

Today a datamined app file for the latest version of Pokemon GO showed imagery of a near-future feature. With one image (and some code clues from the code) we can see that Pokemon GO may have, and likely will have, a Pokestop scanning feature. With this feature, we'll very likely initiate 3D scans of landmarks used in the real world for the game Pokemon GO, further extending Niantic's platform. This is assuming that the iPhone 12 Pro will be the device with which Niantic will demonstrate and reveal this feature.

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Samsung spins out fake window and digital highlighter from C-Lab incubator

Samsung spins out fake window and digital highlighter from C-Lab incubator

Samsung has spun-off new projects from its C-Lab incubator, including a smart highlighter for digitizing handwritten text, and an artificial window for boosting your vitamin D levels. Running since 2012, Samsung C-Lab offers the company's employees the opportunity to work on a side-project, with the support to spin it out into a standalone startup if the idea has merit.

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Smithsonian Open Access initiative releases loads of 3D models to public domain

Smithsonian Open Access initiative releases loads of 3D models to public domain

Who loves public domain access to tons of historically significant and utterly beautiful contend... now in 3D? With the internationally recognized Creative Commons Zero (CCO) license in effect, The Smithsonian launched their Open Access initiative this week to the public for the first time. This system's launch included approximately 2.8 million 2D images and 3D models, rolling the lot directly into the public domain for all to enjoy - and use!

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