The somewhat bulky 3D-scanning accessory, equipped with an infrared transmitter and sensor, clips onto the top of the iPad and plugs into its Lightning port.
From there, you can use the $380 rig to quickly create 3D scans of anything: Entire rooms, objects you’d like to 3D-print, and environments you’d like to turn into interactive AR backdrops using Occipital’s Bridge Engine. The Structure depth-sensing camera itself has been around for a couple of years, but Occipital’s been hard at work since then making it easier to use.
The result of that work is a new iOS app called Canvas, which lets you sweep the sensor rig across a room to create a raw 3D map of it instantly. The app guides you through a big scan, overlaying already-scanned areas with a paint-like filter to show you if you’ve missed a spot. When you finish capturing, you immediately see a raw 3D model of the scene in the app—and you can also see the distances between objects without having to use a tape measure at all.