3D Technologies at CES 2014

The March / April issue of Geomatics World includes a report on the International Consumer Electronics Show “CES” 2014. 3D Systems, Cisco Systems, Parrot and Velodyne were high profile exhibitors at the Las Vegas based event. In addition to this, Autodesk made an appearance to promote 123D Circuits as part of the Intel keynote.

3D scanning and 3D printing played a key role across all four days, January 7th – 10th. Intel announced their RealSense 3D sensor, while MakerBot outlined a strategic partnership with SoftKinetic in order to update the existing Digitizer scanning solution. The zone dedicated to 3D printing was sponsored by 3D Systems and showcased the South Carolina based companies Sense solution. Low cost ways to capture reality were used to support affordable 3D printers like the Cube across this 3D Printing Zone.

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3D Systems integrated the Prime Sense depth camera into their Sense workflow.

Overall, the International CES 2014 reinforced that a paradigm shift toward cheaper, easy to use 3D documentation is taking place. As discussed in the Geomatics World article, this shift is becoming a “prosumer” driven movement. It is taking place at a point where consumer and professional markets meet. Recent examples of this include the MakerBot Z18, which is providing a cheaper way to 3D print at an industrial standard.

Bre Pettis, MakerBot CEO, introduced three new Replicator printers at CES 2014.

Bre Pettis, MakerBot CEO, introduced three new Replicator printers at CES 2014.

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      Project Tango

      A mobile phone equipped with a 3D imaging sensor has finally arrived. The fact that is has been developed by Google makes it a technology worth keeping an eye on. Given the experience Google has with mapping enviroments, which includes working with laser scanning companies like Velodyne, Tango is well placed to drive forward the idea of affordable 3D. It is not just a case of watch this space but wait to see how it is documented too.

      Prior to the acquisition of Prime Sense by Apple in November 2013, the Capri sensor looked like a viable way to turn mobile devices into 3D documentation tools.

      ETH Zurich, who appear to be a partner on Project Tango,  also came up with their own SfM based solution on a standard Andriod phone.