Posted on Jan 26 2017 - 11:40am by Robert Meyers

Occipital has released Canvas, its first iPad app built in-house. Using the Structure Sensor itself—with the industrial design by NewDealDesign—along with a new wide-vision lens that is attached to an iPad, this app takes a full 3D scan of any room in just a minutes. Instead of measuring every detail of a room before doing some home improvement or presenting an idea to a client.


Canvas gives you a model to reference on the go through an intuitive user interface. Just simply press a button and move the iPad over the area you want to scan—the UI shows you which parts you have scanned already and gives you tips to capture the best scan. Once the scan is complete, tapping different parts of the screen allow you to get either point-to-point or planar measurements, which the company claims that are accurate to somewhere between one and 3%. The scans can be transformed into CAD files within two business days if you’re a professional, or used to take measurements between any two points in the room if you’re more of a DIYer.

Importantly, Canvas isn’t just an app; it is a cloud-based service where users can upload and share access to their scans.

There’s more — a lot more, if you’re a looking to do detailed work with your 3D creations. The biggest feature of this Canvas app is ‘Scan to CAD,’ which does exactly what it says. Just pressing the button will send your raw, scale-accurate scan to the Occipital’s new cloud service, which will transform it into a clean CAD drawing, complete with the labeling, with objects (like furniture) removed.


Canvas is available on iOS for free, and Occipital is also selling a new wide angle lens attachment for the $379 Structure Sensor that will improve the motion tracking for the room-scale scans. The lens costs $39 on its own, but the Occipital will also sell it in a bundle with the Structure Sensor for $399.