It’s pretty easy. I saw Occipital CEO Jeff Powers accurately scan a lounge at Business Insider headquarters in 30 seconds.
Canvas requires Occipital’s Structure Sensor, though, and a wide-angle lens attachment. The Structure Sensor plugs into your iPad’s Lightning port, and attaches to it with a customized bracket. Inside its aluminum hull is a 3D sensor which can accurately determine the distance of objects.
Combined with some pretty complicated math, it means an app can accurately tell that your ceiling is, say, 14 feet high nearly instantaneously. It can produce detailed models that actually look like your rooms.
Although the Canvas app is free, the Structure Sensor costs $379, and the required wide-angle lens costs $20. And if you want to export the Canvas model into an CAD file, for further manipulation, it costs $29 per model.
Powers says the main target market for Canvas is professional interior designers and contractors, but he suspects some do-it-yourselfers will find it useful, too.
Here’s a screenshot of the scanning process on an iPad:
Take a closer look at how Canvas works:
SOURCE: Business Insider