A Texas-based company is looking to get $50,000 in funding to develop the world’s first point-and-shoot 3D camera.
Producing 3D models is not easy, unless you call yourself an engineer specialized in CAD. Lynx Laboratories is looking to lessen the engineers’ work with the help of the first point-and-shoot 3D camera in the world, called Lynx A. Instead of creating 2D photos, the camera will output 3D models of the objects where it is pointed at.
Lynx A will have enormous implications in 3D modeling
The device itself is rather big and somewhat different from a regular 3D camera. The difference is that it is designed as a tablet, featuring a 14-inch LCD screen that displays the 3D images instantly after taking them. Additionally, the camera’s processing power comes from a “powerful graphics card”.
Lynx Laboratories claims that its 3D camera solves the biggest annoyances of current shooters, as it features a big battery and high-capacity storage. This way, Lynx A’s battery will last for “four hours” of moderate use, while having a lot of room for many 3D images. Another “important” feature of the device is the 14-inch LCD, which cannot be compared to any other LCD found in high-end cameras, says the company.
Lynx A is running on a 3D sensor and a 640 x 480 color digital camera. Designers will have three options at their disposal, including object modeling, scene modeling and motion capture.
The first works as a paintbrush and it scans surrounding surfaces, while painting a 3D model on the camera’s viewfinder. The second option is for “sculpting”, as it carves out 3D models of the objects situated in front of the camera. Finally, the motion capture option will record 3D videos. Users start recording a moving object and when the “pause” button is hit, 3D models will be immediately displayed on the screen.
Kickstarting the Lynx A 3D camera project
Lynx Laboratories used the Kickstarter platform to gather money for its project. The funding platform can be used by anyone and, since its launch back in April 2009, it has helped approximately 35,000 projects to get more than $450 million in funding. Anybody can donate for a project and even if the goal is reached before the ending of the funding, donations can keep coming and developers can further use them to improve the project in question.
At the time of writing this article, the Lynx A camera gathered $36,433 out of the $50,000 goal. The project started on February 1st and there are still 40 days to go, meaning that the company will definitely reach its goal. Pledging $1,799 for the 3D camera will make the company send you a Lynx A camera when it is ready for adoption.