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New gadget turns your iPad into a 3D scanner (and costs just as much as an iPad)

Published Jan 10th, 2014 5:15PM EST
iPad 3D Scanner

Just as it has for the past few years, the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show brought us hundreds of different cases, cameras and other accessories that can be snapped onto Apple’s iPad tablet line. Among the most intriguing is the iSense from 3D Systems. This pricey iPad accessory attaches over the camera of an Apple tablet and transforms the device into a very efficient 3D scanner. At $499, the iSense is $100 more than the company’s Windows-compatible 3D scanner — in fact, it costs as much as a 16GB iPad Air — but it’s definitely a great option for those with a real need for portable 3D scanning technology. 3D Systems’ full press release follows below along with a video of the iSense in action.

3D Systems Unveils New iSense Consumer Scanner At CES

-Discover #HowScanagenicAreYou with iPad-compatible consumer 3D scanner

-3DS physical photography device that’s easy to use and easy on the wallet

ROCK HILL, South Carolina –January 7, 2014 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) previewed today its iSense™ 3D scanner, a new 3DS consumer scanner for iPad with seamless 3D printing optimization. The iSense is ideal for physical photography, empowering users to easily capture moments in every dimension. Created for 3DS by Occipital and powered by Structure Sensor technology, iSense can be used on anything and you don’t have to stand still or place an object into a box as required with other 3D scanners. Users simply attach the iSense to an iPad, and they can literally walk around and scan entire objects or environments obtaining a photorealistic copy of the real thing. iSense is powered by the same software as 3DS’ popular Sense scanner. The iSense will be on display for the first time at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, NV, January 7-10, 2014, in the 3DS booth 31424 LVCC South Hall.

“We are excited to bring a sleek new physical-photography device to iPad lovers the world over,” said Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President, General Manager, Consumer Products, 3DS. “iSense has the most diversity in its class for scan size and can capture everything from a delicious cupcake to a full body selfie, processing in seconds to a 3D printable, and comes with powerful, intuitive software that lets the user crop and enhance with easy and automated tools.”

As the newest addition to 3DS’ consumer offering, the iSense fully integrates with the Cube® family of consumer and prosumer 3D printers and also offers direct upload options to for cloud printing in a range of materials including Ceramix, Aluminix and Clear.

iSense will be fully-compatible with apps designed for Occipital’s Structure Sensor.

iSense is priced at $499 and will be available during the second quarter of 2014 on and in hundreds of retail stores worldwide.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

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