This is the world’s first 3D sensor for a mobile device. Despite the finalized hardware that’s now on sale, the Structure Sensor is still very much a work-in-progress. New software is being developed that utilizes the device’s 3D sensing capabilities.
As simple as the hardware looks, the technology is complicated. Here’s how Occipital describes it:
“The Structure Sensor uses structured light to capture depth data. Structured light uses a laser projector to cast a precise pattern of thousands of invisible infrared dots onto objects and spaces. It then uses a frequency-matched infrared camera to record how the pattern changes, thereby understanding the geometry of those objects and spaces. As a result, the Structure Sensor can generate a VGA depth stream at 30 frames per second, with each pixel representing an exact distance to a real-world point.”
Read our hands on review here.