I got a phone call out of the blue earlier this year about using Trimensional’s technology to show what a person would look like at different periods in human evolution. At the time I wasn’t sure it was really possible, but I was willing to give it a shot.
Fast forward a few months and this fanciful idea is now available as an iPad app from Popular Science called PS Evolver, about which you can read more at www.evolverapp.com. The results are incredible and the first time I saw myself as Homo erectus, I was blown away, and a little frightened.
The key to making this possible was an insanely talented paleoartist named Viktor Deak whose work you may have seen before on Nova, National Geographic, and BBC documentaries. Together, we came up with a process for modeling 3D heads so that a Trimensional scan of a modern human face could be mapped back onto a number of prehistoric skulls.
The app is also filled to the brim with the latest info regarding hominid species like Australopithecus and Neanderthals, so it’s a beautiful, informative app even without Trimensional’s contributions and I encourage everyone to check it out.
PS Evolver is available for iPad only on the App Store.
We are pleased to announce that you can now order physical manifestations of your Trimensional scans in the form of laser engraved 3D crystal blocks. These things are truly amazing, they make great gifts, and they really need to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
The 3D laser engravings are made possible through our partnership with the great folks at Crystal Memories in Sweden. After getting in touch with us earlier this year, they sent a sample 3D engraved crystal block (pictured above, right) and it really blew us away. Showing it off to friends and family, reactions ranged from “Is that a hologram?!” to “Wow, how is that even possible?”
Well, it’s simple: take a 3D scan with your iPhone or iPad using Trimensional, pass the resulting 3D model on to Crystal Memories, and let their combination of experts and machines do the rest. All the details are right here: Crystal 3D Laser Engraving with Trimensional.
One of the most surprising things about the iOS App Store is its truly international nature, with presence in over 90 countries. This means that there are actually 90 different app stores, each with their own rankings, reviews, ratings and prices that are not usually seen by those from other countries.
Currently, Trimensional occupies the top spot in Norway’s App Store (for paid apps across all categories), ahead of popular titles like Angry Birds, Myst, and Tetris. This is surely temporary and only in one corner of the globe, but a nice milestone nonetheless. Back to work.
Trimensional v1.02 has officially been released! It comes with new options for sharing movies and animated GIFs as well as the much-requested 3D model export feature that lets you use your Trimensional scans for 3D printing or with your favorite 3D graphics software.
Stay tuned this week for more in-depth coverage of how these new features work, and watch for us to make a live appearance on CNN today (Monday, April 11) between 1pm and 3pm EDT.
We’d love to see what you’re able to achieve with this latest version, so make sure to post any good scans or other results to the Trimensional Facebook page or the Trimensional Flickr group:
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3D model exporting is coming to Trimensional v1.02. For many 3D artists and 3D printing enthusiasts, this is the feature that turns Trimensional from an interesting toy into a useful tool, so the plan is (and always has been) to make exporting available to these advanced users as an in-app purchase for a few bucks. (Note that this is the only feature I ever intend to charge extra for, all other improvements will come free of charge.)
Based on feedback so far, OBJ is a format that would work for a lot of people. If that’s not the case for you, please let me know in the comments. As pictured above, I have some example output here (untextured at the moment) if anyone would like to test it out or get a feel for the resolution or how noisy the raw data is: http://www.trimensional.com/models/Trimensional_15.obj.zip
Any reactions at all are useful to me in building the 3D model exporting feature, so feel free to post any thoughts about whether this output suits your needs. If I understand correctly, the 3D printing folks need airtight models. Boxing in the back of the model is one approach — is there something better?
Thanks, and I look forward to a constructive discussion.
Thanks to everyone for downloading Trimensional and for all the feedback and feature requests. The first update, which awaits approval from Apple, addresses a synchronization issue between the camera and the screen that was causing some scans (especially the first scan after launching the app) to sometimes turn out badly.
So, better scans are on the way. Thanks for sticking with me and thanks again for all the support.
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