by Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 24 April 2013

Wow, this is completely bonkers. The Photon, a 3D scanner that’s positioned by Toronto-based Matterform as the world’s first, truly affordable 3D scanner for anyone, basically lets, well, anyone take a physical object and turn it into a digital 3D model. The possibilities are seemingly endless there: print out the model as a 3D replication or use it in an animation or video game.

It works by using a HD camera and dual laser lines to capture 3D scans at high speed — think 3 minutes. So how much capacity can it hold? Well, it can scan objects of up to 190mm x 190mm x 250mm. Plus, it is ultra-portable and folds up compactly. The scanner appears to be designed for simplicity to cater to those of us who can’t be fussed with learning how to use 3D modeling software.

As the succinct instructions go, all you have to do is: ‘Unfold it, plug it in, place an object on the scan bed and press go’. Looks pretty awesome.