Canadian company Matter and Form is preparing to launch Bevel, a device that plugs into your phone’s audio jack and allows it to capture 3D photographs. The device is currently in the midst of a $200,000 Kickstarter campaign, and eventually will retail for $49 when shipped in Q4 of 2015 or early 2016..
Bevel uses an eye-safe laser that acts as a fixed light source to capture scale and geometric detail, while your phone’s camera captures color, texture and other details. The result is a 360-degree model that you can rotate, zoom and even 3D-print.
Notably, the device and software will also work across a variety of phones and platforms, since it will ship with a calibration card that will help it adjust for various phone sizes and headphone jack locations.
While the company said the captured images will probably be saved in a proprietary format, a companion app that comes with Bevel will allow users to be export their images in common 3D formats so they can be printed or imported into other software.
Matter and Form already has experience launching 3D hardware products. Last year, they launched a relatively affordable 3D scanner. The company’s end goal is to allow users to create and consume 3D media.