Canvas in action YouTube/OccipitalHQ

Occipital has released a new iOS app called Canvas that allows users to scan a room and turned it into a raw 3D map instantly. Unlike scanner apps, Canvas uses a Structure Sensor that emits infrared light providing a high stream information into the device. The app is efficient as it could detect missed spots through its paint-like filter.

Canvas also has a Scan-to-CAD feature that can generate CAD file within 48 hours. However, the feature is not included on the iPad itself. Users must submit the scan via the app before they can get the CAD files in their email. The CAD version is a full-colour rendering.

The feature cost US$29 (AU$39) per room, which is cheaper than paying a contract work that would cost up to US$2,000 (AU$2,705). The app is also efficient as it can scan eight rooms within 30 minutes. When manual work is implemented, the measurements can take within seven hours.

The concept started in 2011 when Occipital CEO Jeff Powers decided to change direction to develop the 3D scanning tool, Structure Sensor. The target market of the sensor were product designers and realtors. Product designers were able to scan objects and to create 3D models compatible for a MakerBot. The realtors were able to benefit from the scanner as it helped them to capture rooms' dimensions and to create a 360-degree panoramic photo.

The Structure Sensor features an anodised casing that acts as a heat sink. It connects with the Apple iPad with a lightning connector. It can scan objects between 15 inches and 11 feet beyond its lens. For best quality scan, Occipital recommends an optional US$20 (AU$27) wide-angle attachment.

Watch the video on how Canvas works: