3D camera technology uses multiple angles of a specialized camera to create an image that simulates depth and 3D form. Just like humans use binocular vision to determine distance, perceive depth and judge the size of objects, these cameras use multiple angles to achieve the same results. 3D cameras have recently become available to the mainstream public, at an affordable price, by multiple competitors. Let’s take a look at the latest and greatest that this cutting-edge technology has to offer.

HP Z 3D Camera

The HP Z is a monitor mounted, down facing, 2D/3D camera that possesses the ability to capture 3D pictures and digitize them. It can also capture 2D documents and record video. The monitor mounted design was created as an accessory to a personal computer, eliminating the need for any extra hardware. The HP Z weighs 1.2 lbs. and uses an attachable magnet as a mounting device, enabling quick set-up and release. 2 USB ports are required for operation, enabling power and data transmission. The HP Z 3D utilizes 3D SLAM technology, which removes fingers from an object during rotation. Hi-Res 3D “textured” scans are compatible with PowerPoint 3D and Paint 3D, using the simple drag and drop method. 2D document scans are captured in 14 MP and can be used with any up-to-date photo software. While availability is yet to be determined, the price is estimated to sit around $600 per unit.

Leveno “Mirage” & Yi Technology “Horizon” 3D Cameras

Google recently unveiled the Mirage and Horizon; two similar cameras that provide a 360 photo and video experience that shatters the current glass ceiling of ‘shoot and spin’ technology. In the past, most cameras of this nature provide 360 photos and videos that appear to be grainy during playback. Google has reportedly fixed this problem by placing multiple VR180 cameras in the forward facing sphere of the picture, thereby doubling visual clarity. Stereoscopic Recording is also a feature on these devices, which provides a ‘full immersion’ audio effect during playback. The excitement of these cameras comes into effect when virtual technology is used for video and photo playback. If a flat computer screen is used for playback, the user will experience playback in 2D. If virtual reality is used, however, the true power of these cameras can be taken advantage of as the user is immersed in a 3-dimensional environment, complete with stereo sound, depth, and high resolution. Pricing for these cameras are unavailable as yet, but they are expected to hit the market in early spring, for mainstream consumption.

2018 is abundant in the release of exciting technologies, evidenced by the market availability of cutting-edge 3D cameras. These cameras are capable of capturing images in a 3D format, which can then be used with all kinds of software, programs, and printers. The door has been opened, and there are truly no limits to the whims of your creative desires.