At the end of 2016, Bellus3D announced taking a selfie game to a new level. They planned to do it with a 3D face scanning camera for mobile devices, which should enable users quick, high-quality and cheap 3D face scanning. At CES 2017, they demonstrated it. It’s the camera that makes extremely accurate 3D face models on a budget and in a matter of seconds. And as soon as this year, they are planning to make it available for the masses.
The Bellus3D Face Camera is an add-on camera for Android devices. It measures 500,000 points on your face to create a high-resolution face model in only a few seconds. And more importantly, it’s pretty accurate. It combines DepthShape™ technology, which reconstructs 3D shape of your face; and PhotoShape™ which captures fine face details. You can add a LED ring light to ensure the camera captures your face with perfect lighting and detail.
The company’s vision is to bring affordable and easy 3D face modelling to the masses. Company’s CEO Eric Chen said in the announcement that the “existing 3D scanners on the market are either too expensive or not designed for high-quality face scanning. Bellus3D Face Camera will be a game changer that allows many new 3D face applications to emerge.”
For now, the camera only works with the existing Android mobile devices. The data it captures is streamed and processed via your device’s USB port. And here are some of the specs:
Two 1.2MP Infrared sensors
One 1.2MP Color sensor
Support external color camera from 2MP to 20MP
Two Infrared Laser structured-light projectors
Working range: 25cm to 1m (optimal for face scanning at 30-60cm)
USB connector (powered by mobile device)
Dimension (w/o Ring Light): 118mm(w) x 28.5mm(h) x 20mm(d)
Optional LED Ring Light attachment
Android device SDK for capturing and processing (inquire about supported devices)
You may wonder what use you would have from a 3D selfie. Apart from pure fun, Bellus3D suggest some possible applications of this technology, such as 3D virtual make-up, to see if you can pull off a certain make-up style. I would totally use this before I make myself look like a clown next time. Apart from make-up, you can try on various accessories, such as eyewear, wigs and even clothes.
Then, they believe it can be applicable for cosmetic surgery, to show the patients before and after results before they opt for the surgery. They also suggest 3D printing of your face, which can be, just like 3D selfies, done purely for fun. I am already imagining some funny real-life face swaps.
Another possible application is customizing a character in a video game or VR world. Now, some video games already offer this option, but we’ll see if Bellus3D will give more accurate results. Finally, they suggest the use of this camera for 3D facial recognition.
As soon as the first quarter of 2017, the camera and its Android SDK will be available in limited quantity to third-party developers to create their own applications. As for the rest of us who just want to play with it, it will be available at the end of 2017 for the price of $300.
Would you buy this camera? What would you use it for? Share your thoughts in the comments.
[via Resource Magazine Online]