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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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3D-Printed 3D Scanner made to work with your phone

3D-Printed 3D Scanner made to work with your phone

An Arduino-based 3D scanner was created by an industrious 3D printing enthusiast and released open source this week for all to enjoy. This open source project was made to take out the most time-consuming component of the 3D scan process, giving said process instead to an Android phone combined with 3D-printed parts, a cheap motor, and an Arduino. This is not the first time such a system has been attempted, but it does appear to be the most complete and ready-to-roll system to date.

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FileRoom wants to make your office papers useful with digitization

FileRoom wants to make your office papers useful with digitization

The folks behind FileRoom have an interesting idea for the modern office. They want to take all your paper - all the documents you've got stacked up around the office - and digitize the lot. They want to do some scanning of your paper, and make your paper-filled office into a far more streamlined operation. They want to make clear that they do not want the world to do away with paper altogether - they just want to be an integral (and simple to use) part of the process.

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Occipital Structure Sensor Mark II: First mobile 3D scanning platform grows up

Occipital Structure Sensor Mark II: First mobile 3D scanning platform grows up

This next generation in mobile 3D scanning hardware was revealed today by the folks at Occipital. They've shown the Occipital Structure Sensor Mark II, a device that's 50% smaller than their previous sensor, with a whole lot more power and precision. This new unit has a new set of custom optics, an onboard IMU, a new depth processing chip, and a new ultra-wide vision camera. All of this rolls with compatibility for iOS devices - with an eye for your iPad, more than likely.

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Intel RealSense Depth Camera SR305 cuts costs for 3D scanning

Intel RealSense Depth Camera SR305 cuts costs for 3D scanning

Intel has a new standalone camera module made for 3D sensing and mapping, and they want to get it into the hands of developers, academics and device prototypers as fast as possible. They've cut down on all the non-essential elements in previous models of similar devices, and here brought JUST the basics for several key 3D-sensing and mapping applications.

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