July 23, 2015 | By Simon

Although it hasn’t taken off quite as quickly as 3D printing has, 3D scanning is nonetheless an equally valuable technology when it comes to capturing, preserving and ultimately, replicating the world around us for a multitude of purposes.  

Among other companies that have been along for the ride over the past few years includes Matter and Form, a company who raised a staggering $471,082 CAD on Indiegogo for their MF 3D Scanner just two years ago.  Like many other 3D technology companies, the company has since expanded their product line with the introduction of Cashew, the company’s 3D content platform this past spring.  Now, the company has yet another product offering that they’re hoping will help encourage even more casual users to capture the 3D world around them.   

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The Bevel Clip, which will be priced at just $49, is an external headphone jack attachment for Android and iOS devices that is capable of capturing 3D scans directly from a mobile device’s own camera.  According to the company, the attachment is ideal for both creating 3D models from real world objects as well as creating 3D photos to share with friends and family.  

“My team and I think it’s ridiculous that 3D photography isn’t already a part of our everyday lives,” says Drew Cox, Founder and CEO of Matter and Form. “The fact is that the technology exists, has been around for a while actually, but no one has taken the time to translate it into an accessible, user-friendly product. The Bevel will change the way we communicate by integrating 3D photography into our daily online conversations.”

According to the company, 3D photography is set to revolutionize the way we capture our experiences and share them across social networks - not unlike how 35mm film did once upon a time.  However, they admits that in order for disruptive technology to gain acceptance, it must be seamless and easy to use - which was their goal was when creating the Bevel Clip.  During the development stage, the Bevel Clip had to continually meet a number of requirements including being an intuitive device that’s easy to learn, ergonomic when paired with multiple mobile device designs, affordable for casual users and of course, aesthetically pleasing.

On Monday, July 27, Matter and Form will officially be launching the Bevel Clip with a campaign goal of $150,000 to help cover manufacturing costs.  Through the campaign’s end date, August 27th, all Bevel Kickstarter backers will also receive the Bevel app for their mobile device or tablet and free access to the company’s Cashew platform.  The company will utilize the content platform for sharing the 3D photos on social networks, via text message, email, or online.   

 

 

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Paul wrote at 7/29/2015 4:51:52 PM:

Hey Steve, I'm Paul from Matter and Form. Totally understand your question. Unlike 123d catch, Bevel doesn't require you to take a number of pictures and then upload them all for cloud processing. 123D Catch is really great, we're actually big fans of it, but it lacks the quick feedback that is needed for social applications. In other words, once you take a 3D picture, most people don't want to wait to share it. We're making that process easy, and trying to get the experience as close as possible to the current experience of taking and sharing 2D pictures. By having an onboard laser, we can make the computation process a bit easier and we're able to do more heavy lifting on the phone instead of in the cloud. Bevel actually interacts in multiple ways with your phone via audio signals transmitted through the audio jack. But you're absolutely right - ultimately Bevel is a very simple hardware device and a lot of the magic is in the app.

Paul wrote at 7/29/2015 4:18:10 PM:

Hey Steve, I'm Paul from Matter and Form. Totally understand your question. Unlike 123d catch, Bevel doesn't require you to take a number of pictures and then upload them all for cloud processing. 123D Catch is really great, we're actually big fans of it, but it lacks the quick feedback that is needed for social applications. In other words, once you take a 3D picture, most people don't want to wait to share it. We're making that process easy, and trying to get the experience as close as possible to the current experience of taking and sharing 2D pictures. By having an onboard laser, we can make the computation process a bit easier and we're able to do more heavy lifting on the phone instead of in the cloud. Bevel actually interacts in multiple ways with your phone via audio signals transmitted through the audio jack. But you're absolutely right - ultimately Bevel is a very simple hardware device and a lot of the magic is in the app.

Steve wrote at 7/28/2015 12:43:08 AM:

How is this better than the free 123d catch app already available? $49+shipping for a $1 laser pointer? No thanks.



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