Apple's New iPads and the Structure Sensor
Like us, many of you were eagerly awaiting Apple’s new iPads – and Tuesday’s press event didn’t disappoint. The new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display both include a number of significant design and component updates that bring the iPad family to new levels of performance.
That’s great news, as the Structure Sensor was designed from day one to easily adapt to future versions of Apple’s tablets, and to take full advantage of their ever-increasing levels of performance.
And, if you want to use your Structure Sensor with the new iPads, there’s great news for you, too. We’re making sure that every backer that wants to use their Structure Sensor with the new iPads will be able to do just that from the day they receive it. Here’s how:
- Lightning Connector – Because the new iPads use the Lightning connector, your Structure Sensor can connect to them immediately with the available Lightning cable.
- A7 Processor – The new A7 processor in the new iPads lets apps that use the Structure Sensor work even faster than before. In fact, in our tests with an A7-equipped iPhone 5s, we found that the new A7 processor delivers a 1.8x increase in speed on apps for the Structure Sensor versus the A6X processor in the 4th generation iPad!
Attachment Brackets – Most importantly, we’ve kicked off the design process to create new attachment brackets for the new iPads. We estimate that these new brackets will be ready to ship in February 2014. For backers receiving sensors with estimated February/March delivery: attachment brackets for the new iPads will be available for delivery at the same time as your Structure Sensor.
If your Structure Sensor is slated for November/December delivery: we're going above and beyond. If you want to use your Structure Sensor with either of the new iPads, we’ll send you a 3D printed bracket in November or December. Completely free. We're doing this because we want you to be able to get started with Structure Sensor right away. And that's not all. We will also ship you a final precision bracket for your Structure Sensor when they’re ready for delivery – at no extra cost.
New SDK feature: Wireless streaming
There are already a number of great Mac and PC apps for 3D sensors, and we're sure many more will become available in the future. With that in mind, we wanted to build something that would make the Structure Sensor easy to use with apps that aren't necessarily on mobile devices. So we've created a great new capability into the Structure SDK: wireless streaming.
When you connect your Structure Sensor to an iOS device, you’ll be able to walk freely while wirelessly transmitting 3D data and images from your Structure Sensor to a nearby PC or Mac. How cool is that? Check out our video demo of this useful new feature:
It's stretch goal time!
It’s here – our stretch goal has finally arrived! If we can surpass $1,250,000, we’ll become the 6th most funded Kickstarter Technology project ever. Backers, here's your stretch goal - help us get to $1,250,000, and you’ll get the following awesome reward for FREE:
Stretch Goal Reward: One FREE Skanect Pro License (usually $129)
If you’re familiar with 3D scanning, then you know that Skanect is one of the best 3D scanning applications available today. Until now, Skanect has been available for use with the Microsoft Kinect, PrimeSense Carmine and ASUS Xtion 3D sensors. And, now, with your help, it will be available for use with the Structure Sensor as well.
A pro license for Skanect costs $129. But, if you help us reach our stretch goal, and you’ve pledged to receive a Structure Sensor, you’ll get one Pro License for FREE. If you already have a Skanect Pro License, you can gift your additional license to a friend.
If you’ve chosen the Structure Sensor Hacker Kit, you can use the USB Hacker Cable to connect the Structure Sensor to any compatible computer and use it with Skanect. If you plan on using your Structure Sensor with an iPad, then the new streaming feature (shown in the video above) will make it easy to stream to Skanect.
$170K to go for the stretch goal, and only 6 days left! Help us make it happen!
To help us achieve the stretch goal, please help us by telling your friends and family about our campaign. Visit our share page for an easy way to share the Structure Sensor on Facebook and Twitter: http://structure.io/share, or send them a link to our Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/16BkwuO.
It's great to have you onboard!
–The Occipital Team