Link: New 3d Scanner Under Development for Regular People

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Billed as the world's first 3d scanner for mobile devices, the Structure Scanner clips right onto your iPad. It seems to easily digitally construct the world around you just by scanning the area with the built-in camera and LED sensors.

The device—which launches today on Kickstarter—is the brainchild of Bay Area startup Occipital, which has traditionally dealt with computer vision. This was the company’s first piece of hardware, so the team enlisted the product design expertise of New Deal Design, the studio behind Lytro and FitBit. Together, they created a tiny anodized aluminum device that pops onto your iPad in a snap, making it possible to use the camera to capture 3D information in real time.
— Gizmodo

This looks like an affordable way ($349) to create contextual environments for your architectural projects. It's very cheap if you think about all the hours we spend making these 3d models of the project's surroundings.

Check it out Gizmodo's take and back the project on Kickstarter if you think this might be something for you.  

Though the the team is funding the first round of manufacturing on Kickstarter, this isn’t your typical pay-us-for-a-discount scheme. For a $349 pledge, you’ll get the Structure Sensor with iPad bracket, Lightning cable and power supply, or with iPad bracket USB hacker cable and power supply (there’s also a $329 early bird special). And even though the device was designed for use with an iPad, you’ll be able to use it with other mobile devices too—the designers are even putting the 3D model of the scanner online, so you can design your own connecting bracket.
— Kickstarter