For us, we were flying to New York to meet journalists. Finalizing contracts with fulfillment centers and manufacturers. Refining and testing the codebase that would become Structure SDK. Putting the finishing touches on marketing materials. All in preparation for Structure Sensor's big debut, right here on Kickstarter. Those memories are still exciting and vivid for us, which makes it hard to believe that half a decade has now passed since we launched Structure Sensor!
Neither us nor you, our backers (and many of you are developers, too) have sat still since that launch. In the last five years:
- Developers have built and launched over 100 apps for Structure Sensor! We’ll highlight a couple that you should try a little further down in this update
- We’ve launched two additional cutting-edge products that you can use today with the Structure Sensor you already own: Bridge for mixed reality, and Canvas for home projects, remodels and redesigns
- Pros in industries ranging from medicine to fashion to visual effects have adopted Structure Sensor and SDK as key parts of their daily workflows.
And all of this started right here, with you. So thank you for believing in us early on, and for continuing to innovate with us over these past five years. We’ve got a few more exciting pieces of news to share with you soon...but more on that in a future backer update.
Paying It Forward
Since we know what it’s like to have gone through the stress of running a Kickstarter campaign, we try and help others who are doing the same. We’ve done countless calls with fellow founders launching cutting-edge products. And, sometimes, we’ll highlight those products in these backer updates. Today, we’d like to do just that. And, better yet, this is a product that you can use with your Structure Sensor.
We’d like to introduce you to The Looking Glass, an incredible display technology that will bring high fidelity holograms direct to your desktop.
Do you design in 3D and wish you could see a convincing representation of a project you’re working on that you can view in real time at any angle? Check out this living room captured with Structure Sensor and Canvas, imported and displayed in the Looking Glass:
Do you want to rig a 3D scan of your best friend to dance on demand? Check out this tutorial to see just how easy that is to do using your Structure Sensor and a few open source tools!
Or are you just a huge Star Wars fan and want to conjure up a hologram of Princess Leia telling you that you’re the Rebel Alliance’s only hope?
OK, that content is copyrighted and heavily protected by Lucasfilm so we couldn't use the image, but you get the idea.
The Looking Glass brings all of these incredible scenarios to life in stunning, high-contrast 3D, right before your very eyes. No headsets or special glasses required.
Right now, you can get a Looking Glass holographic display, along with access to the HoloPlay SDK and app library, for pledging $450. That’s 25% off what it will cost when it launches to everyone after their Kickstarter campaign has finished. We're backing it ourselves, and we think you should back it, too.
Try Something New With Your Structure Sensor
You likely bought your Structure Sensor to 3D scan objects and people. But did you know that you can now use it to visualize changes to your home or for shopping for new clothes? Here are two apps that you should download today to try with your Structure Sensor.
The Floori app lets you easily and photorealisticly visualize a brand new floor finish in the room you’re in, in realtime. It detects the lowest flat plane (ie, your floor) and then uses that information to automatically segment out walls, furniture and people.
The result is a convincing depiction as you peer through your iPad at the floor below. You’ll never have to second guess your choice, as you’ve already seen exactly what it will look like!
Our friends at TechMed3D have been creating apps using Structure Sensor for nearly three years now. Until recently, those apps have largely been focused on the medical market. But, now, they've opened up their system to everyday users, too, with the introduction of 3DFitMe. Check out their video below to see how it works:
Thank you for having been among the very first to experience Structure Sensor! Again, we’ll have more news for you coming soon. Stay tuned to see what we’re up to next!
To the future and beyond,
— The Occipital Team