Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on with Google Glass, one thing is for certain: it will most certainly come in handy at times. Google Glass user Todd Blatt recently used his Google Glass to capture photos hands-free at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. The photos were then sent to Autodesk’s 123D Catch, and assembled and cleaned in Meshmixer. Let’s take a look at the results.

3D Scanning With Google Glass

It’s as if it couldn’t get any easier: just go somewhere, find something you want to replicate, and walk around it. That’s exactly what Todd did when he walked into the Walters Art Museum and in less than 10 minutes, captured a few sculptures in all their 3D-data bliss:

“I just walked around the work, repeating, “ok glass, take a picture” over and over, 30 shots in total. No real care in aiming the shot. I just looked at it and that’s it. Then I manually uploaded the photos from Google Autobackup to 123D Catch on my computer and proceeded as normal with the regular scanning/123d process.”

For those with concerns to replicating historic artifacts, you’re not alone. However, many museums are currently looking at ways of expanding their reach with the use of 3D printing to share the items in their collections…so perhaps we’ll leave it with them to figure out the ethical boundaries. If you’re interested in finding out more about how museums are planning on using 3D printing, be sure to check this out.

For those wanting a closer look of the Google Glass 3D scan, Todd uploaded his final model to Thingiverse.




(Images via Todd Blatt)


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.