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Epic Games announces full release of RealityScan app

Dec 2022 | No Comment

Epic Games and Capturing Reality announced this month that theRealityScan app is now available for free download on iOS products.

The RealityScan app is a step forward for easily creating 3D models of real-life objects to be used in a variety of different applications without the complex process of recreating the objects completely from scratch. With the app, users “scan” the real-life object they are trying to recreate, which is done by taking a series of photos capturing the entire object from all angles. The app, created by Capturing Reality in partnership with Quixel, is designed to be simple to use, providing assistance throughout the capturing process and taking care of the processing side of the equation, requiring no photogrammetry expertise to create usable models.

In order to provide that assistance, RealityScan leans on augmented reality (AR) tools to ensure that users are getting the right photos necessary to complete their model. A user starts by taking a series of pictures around the object to set up a base model, which is then converted in the app to a point cloud that can be viewed via AR. That point cloud is also color-coded to act as a heat map, indicating areas that have been captured enough and areas that need more attention – Green areas are good to go, yellow are fine but could be better, and red indicates areas which need to be re-captured from more angles. Users can then view the point cloud as a mesh to ensure the final product will be shaped as intended – and the app also includes a cropping tool to take out anything around the real-life object that users don’t want included in the model – with the ability to easily switch between the mesh and a colorized version of the model.

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