It’s impossible to imagine modern video games, architecture or engineering without 3D modeling. It’s a skill of its own and, but it’s about to became simpler than ever. Enter RealityScan, a mobile app that lets you turn your smartphone photos into realistic 3D models. Not only is it simple, but it’s also completely free to use.
RealityScan is a product of Epic Games developed in collaboration with Quixel. It’s designed to make the process of 3D scanning simple and accessible to everyone, no matter if you’re a professional or an amateur. And all you need is a smartphone.
“As more creators and hobbyists embrace 3D photogrammetry, we want to make our technology even more accessible,” Epic Games writes. This way, “anyone can bring ultra-detailed, digital models of real-world objects into their virtual projects.”
First you need to scan your object with RealityScan and the app will guide you through the process. Once you’re done scanning, RealityScan creates a realistic model, and Epic games says it’s done “almost instantly.” Magic! From there, you can automatically upload your 3D model to Sketchfab to share or sell it.
RealityScan has for now been released in beta. It’s available for the first 10,000 people who apply for an early hands-on as a part of the limited test through TestFlight. At the moment of writing this, all 10,000 places have been full. Later this spring, Epic Games will open up RealityScan Early Access. It will only be available for iOS, but the company promises that the Android version is coming later this year.