Have you ever wondered what it would be like to scan anything and 3D print it? Well, you can already sort of do that, but first, you’ll have to buy the scanner and printer, and that can be very expensive! Samsung, on the other hand, have devised a way to decrease the price of printing 3D models. A new feature called AR Doodle is Samsung’s way of providing an augmented reality experience on the new Note 10 and Note 10+, taking advantage of the gyroscope features in the devices and their S-Pen styluses.
AR Doodle allows you to draw anywhere in 3D space using the S-Pen. You can add stickers from Samsung’s sticker pack, attaching them to a person whose movement is tracked so that the stickers follow them around in 3D space. Some stickers also act as reflectors that show what is currently behind the camera by using the front-facing cameras. It’s a pretty neat way to create a rather interesting video to share with friends and family.
Though the star of the show is the Note 10+, which has a Time-of-Flight (TOF) 3D depth camera, enabling you to make 3D scans of objects and people. In the demo shown during the launch event for the Note 10 devices, they used a random pink bear plushie named “Bobby” as the physical object being scanned. The depth camera allows you to walk around an object like Bobby and scan it in 360°, and the scanned model can then be viewed on the Note. The model can then be saved to a file which can be sent to a 3D printer. The model contains the shape, colour and shadow of the object.
This allows the user to save money on a 3D scanner or an all in one. The possibilities of scanning virtually anything that you process is endless. Sometimes it may be hard to find a blueprint for an object on the web, or an object can be too big to fit in a physical scanner, and so you have to buy a bigger one. The Note 10 lifts those restraints, bringing them to the store-front with great value, especially if you are specifically looking for a 3D scanner and a new smartphone.
Now we just need the ability to print directly out of our phones. Literally. Perhaps with a free Bobby included? Please, Samsung.