An interesting 3D camera has launched, the Wunder360 S1.
This is a 360-degree camera, similar to one you may have or others you’ve likely seen: it captures visual activity happening all around you. It’s developed by Evomotion and a follow-up to their highly-rated Wunder360 C1 camera. But the S1 adds quite a bit more.
It’s a 3D scanning system; so not only does it capture the 360-degree view of your surroundings, but it processes the 3-dimensional information automatically.
It will do things like stabilize the video. I saw one application in which the camera is strapped to the back of a friendly dog, who runs around while the camera captures the scenes. The stabilized video is entirely watchable, whereas a normal camera’s view would be dizzying.
But here’s the really interesting thing: along with stabilization, the S1 system will also process the scenes into 3D models! These 3D models are produced on their cloud system and are then downloadable often as soon as you return from your expedition.
In practice, this means you would simply mount the camera on a helmet and walk around a scene. Then you’ve captured a 3D model of the buildings and scenery around you. It works whether your stationary or moving around. A 3D model of everything seen on the motion path can be developed.
They say that you can instantly load up a captured 3D model into Minecraft, for example, if you want to reproduce a real-life building in that virtual environment.
But if you can do that, then you could also 3D print the model too, although there’s likely some minor file conversions and model fixing required.
The system can be ordered until the close of their launch campaign for as little as USD$135. That’s a steal for a device that could do this.
However, this is a startup project and we must caution you that, as we’ve seen in many such projects, the project may not deliver the goods. Nevertheless, USD$135 is so inexpensive it could be worth the risk.
The S1 launch campaign on Indiegogo ends very soon, so if you’d like one, get on it now!