New 3D scanners have been coming to the market thick and fast this year, but for some reason nobody has captured the huge mobile market with a scanner that can attach to portable devices. San Francisco based Occipital has just changed all that with the launch of their new Structure Sensor that allows you to Capture models of rooms, 3D scan objects, play augmented reality games, and develop mobile applications on an iPad.

The Structure Sensor has been designed for mobile devices since day one. Occipital’s goal was to make the Structure Sensor work perfectly with a number of mobile devices, including the iPad. They also wanted to create an item that was easy to use, had great battery life, was compact, and looked like beautiful.


Occipital’s Structure Sensor can capture 3D maps of indoor spaces and have every measurement in your pocket with a swipe of your hand. You can instantly capture 3D models of objects and people for import into CAD and for 3D printing. You can also play augmented reality games where the real world is your game world.

Developers can use the Structure to  build mobile applications that interact with the three dimensional geometry of the real world for the very first time. They can then release the app to the App Store.

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The Structure Sensor’s onboard power supply provides up to 4 hours of active use, and 1000+ hours of standby, while the range begins at 40 centimetres and stretches to over 3.5 meters.

All the electronics are encased in an anodized chassis that is machined out of a single piece of high-grade aluminium that serves as both a beautiful exterior and as a thermal core that keeps the precision optics inside at an optimal temperature.

Android users also get some love, with the Structure Sensor connecting via an applicable USB OTG adapter for your specific device (for example, many Android devices could use a USB OTG to Micro USB adapter).

All early bird specials on the Kickstarter page are already gone, but you can reserve a Structure Sensor for the iPad or the hacker kit for $349 with an estimated delivery date of February 2014.

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About Structure Sensor:

The Structure Sensor is the result of over 1.5 years of intense dedication by our team. Occipital is a 13-person startup based in Boulder, CO and San Francisco, CA. We were one of the first ever TechStars companies (Boulder, 2008), and previously launched the successful RedLaser and 360 Panorama mobile applications.