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File under “Cool-looking-industrial-devices”:
The EXAscan is a handheld 3D laser scanner small enough to fit in a carry-on size suitcase. It uses 3 high resolution cameras in conjunction with a self-positioning target system alleviating any need for external tracking devices during scanning. And on top of all that it looks like special issue starfleet equipment. (and most likely costs about as much.) -Link

DIY 3D Scanner
HOW TO – Build your own 3D scanner -Link

3D Scanning System on MAKE: Projects

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

  • niclet

    A touch of Jonathan Ive look!

  • icanryme2002

    Can someone say vaporware.

  • Stokes

    The handheld scanner is a real product. Versions have existed for fifteen years, although they required on calibrated positioning of the scanner rather than an accelerometer.