The Best Cool New Gadgets at CES 2014 - iSense 3D Scanner for iPad
3D printing technology has topped lists of cool new gadgets for some time, but it hasn’t yet taken off in the home. One big challenge? The lack of digital blueprints for 3D objects.
The 3D printer itself remains one of the more expensive cool new gadgets out there … and once you have one and print the few dozen free objects the manufacturer provides, it’s a bit of Wild West on the Internet to track down the files needed to print anything else.
That’s where the iSense 3D Scanner for an Apple iPad comes in. Produced by 3D Systems (DDD) — maker of other cool new gadgets like the Cube 3D printer I reviewed a few weeks ago — the $499 iSense 3D scanner revealed at CES 2014 clips to an iPad and lets users scan objects in three dimensions.
From there, the iSense 3D Scanner creates a photorealistic model of the object and outputs the data in a 3D printable way, and the Cube used that to print out a 3D copy. For under $2,000, anyone can now have what is essentially a 3D photocopier setup in their home.