Artificial intelligence algorithms are putting new technologies in our hands almost every day that were practically unimaginable just a few years ago. A very recent example is 3D scanner apps. Whereas in the past you had to model 3D objects yourself or capture them with a very expensive 3D scanner, nowadays simple apps and gadgets like an iPhone are enough.
Since yesterday, the iOS app "Moves by Maxon" also supports simple 3D scanning of objects. The Object Capture feature allows users to convert a series of images taken with an iPhone or iPad into a textured 3D model.
The workflow is said to be intuitive and simple. All that is required is to photograph an object from all angles and make sure that all sides have been adequately covered. In the Moves by Maxon iOS app, a globe graphic helps ensure proper object coverage by showing the angles from which the images were taken.
For further processing, Cinema4D is currently mandatory, as this is where the actual computational work takes place. For this, Moves by Maxon connects the iPhone or iPad to an open instance of Cinema 4D to transfer the images. As soon as the images are transferred, the 3D object can be calculated, ergo created, on the computer.
Objects are immediately stored in Cinema 4D's Asset Browser and tagged with keywords from the Vision Framework. Captured objects can then be dragged from the Asset Browser into the 3D environment and manipulated using C4D's placement tools.
This feature uses an exclusive API in macOS Monterey and requires Cinema 4D R25 SP1 (25.11x). Users also need an Apple Silicon Mac or an Intel Mac with 16 GB of RAM and an AMD GPU with at least 4 GB of VRAM. So no PC, just Mac. In addition, the iPhone or iPad must be equipped with a DoF sensor.