Years ago, in 2013, Occipital introduced its original structural sensor for iOS, a mobile 3D scanning device for measuring three-dimensional objects. Shortly thereafter, Apple acquired PrimeSense, the company that made one of the components for Occipital's scanning device.
However, this did not prevent Occipital from developing a follow-up to its original device, which the company introduced Wednesday. Occipital's new Mark II structural sensor incorporates active IR stereo depth sensing optics, as well as an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and a wide-angle VGA camera in a housing that is about half the size of the original sensor.
The main optics for the model Mark II consists of a pair of infrared sensors and a laser projector. The infrared sensors have global seals for high-precision data acquisition, while the Occipital-developed laser projector has high contrast and is safe for the eyes.
Switching from a structured light method in the original module (retroactively labeled ST01) to an active IR system is the Mark II better than its predecessor in each category, with better resolution, greater range and a slightly wider field of vision and the ability to recognize indoor and outdoor environments.
The Mark II, along with mounting a bracket for attachment to an iPad, costs $ 399, but owners of the original structural sensor can save $ 100 through retailers. and another $ 30 by reusing the mount that fits the Mark II. Occipital will also offer a bundle of the Mark II and its Skanect 3D scanning software for $ 499.