Itseez3D gives your iPad camera 3-D imaging superpowers

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3-D scanning is set to get a whole lot more user-friendly, thanks to a new app from visual technology company Itseez.

Called Itseez3D, the just-launched free iPad app works with the $499 Occipital Structure sensor, which launched on Kickstarter in the fall of 2013 and went on to raise more than $1.2 million. Using the app and sensor, you can scan an object simply by circling it with your iPad — and then send this scan directly to SketchFab, a browser-based 3D design viewer and online portfolio.

Although it can currently be turned into a 3-D printed object only by way of additional manual steps, the company plans to make that process work from inside the app in future updates.

While Itseez3D might not be something your average iPad owner will want to pick up, it’s a very exciting opportunity for professional users who want to be able to instantly capture the kind of 3-D models that would previously have required an expensive 3-D scanning unit.

Check out the link below for a look at how Itseez3D works:

The app itself can be downloaded from the App Store, available for iPads running iOS 7.0 and above.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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