Again in 2013, Occipital (an organization then greatest recognized for making the RedLaser barcode scanning app) launched the Construction Sensor, a tool that turned any iPad you strapped it to into a transportable 3D scanner.

Six years later, they’re again with the following one: Construction Sensor Mark II. It’s about half the scale, however significantly extra succesful.

After releasing the unique Construction Sensor, Occipital discovered that it was significantly well-liked in two completely different use circumstances: making 3D scans of individuals (like, say, scanning somebody’s foot to make orthotics), and making 3D scans of rooms. Mark II’s specs and design have been tuned with these use circumstances in thoughts.

To enhance accuracy when scanning an individual, they’ve bumped up the decision (from 640×480 on the unique sensor to 1280×960 on Mark II) and elevated the gap between the Construction’s cameras — thereby permitting it to seize finer particulars up shut.

To assist with room scanning, they’ve launched a fish-eye lens; this widens the Construction’s view, which ought to assist it carry out higher in smaller rooms.

Scanning vary has been elevated from 4m to 10m, they’ve added built-in gyroscopes/accelerometers, moved from a rolling shutter to a worldwide shutter and a pair of recent IR depth cameras let it scan open air (whereas v1 was caught inside).

If you happen to’ve been watching this area intently, you would possibly do not forget that Occipital launched a tool known as the Construction Core late final yr. Whereas the unique Construction is primarily meant to be strapped to an iPad (and is constructed with iOS compatibility in thoughts), the Construction Core was constructed to work with the whole lot else — it’ll play pleasant with Linux, MacOS, Home windows and Android, appearing because the eyes for no matter challenge you would possibly bear in mind. Past the broader compatibility, the Construction Core additionally noticed a reasonably important spec bump over the unique Construction.

Occipital co-founder Jeff Powers tells me that Construction Mark II shares loads of its guts with that lately launched Construction Core. The primary variations, I’m advised, are that it makes use of a unique connector (USB versus USB on Core), has a built-in battery (as a result of they want extra energy than they will pull from the iPad, at present) and runs “considerably modified” firmware to make it play pleasant with iOS.

Occipital tells me that Construction Sensor Mark II will promote for $399, they usually anticipate the primary orders to ship in late August. They’re additionally planning to open a trade-in program, permitting anybody who has the unique Construction “in good situation” to show it again in and stand up to $100 off a Mark II.