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Turn Any Smartphone Into A 3D Camera With Bevel

July 29, 2015 - Written By Cory McNutt

Matter and Form Inc., a Toronto-based company, is taking to Kickstarter once again to fund and sell their latest project – the ability to take 3D photos from any smartphone.  In 2013, they successfully raised $471,082 CAD with a goal of only $81,000 to develop their 3D scanner.  In their latest fundraiser, Matter and Form has raised over $91,000 of their $200,000 goal and there is still 28 days to go.  The initial delivery date is October 2015, but can be as late as January 2016, and they will ship anywhere in the world.  Many of the backer options are already gone, but for $49 or more, you get yourself a Bevel (choice of black or white), Charging Cord, a Calibration Card, the Bevel App and exclusive access to Cashew3D.

While a picture can say 1,000 words, a 3D picture can say 10,000.  As their Kickstarter page explains, “When it comes to communicating visually, photos are great and video is even better. But the problem is we don’t live in a flat, two-dimensional world. It’s not our native dimension. When we communicate with ordinary photographs, we’re never really telling the whole story because the fact is, a photograph just isn’t the whole picture. But together, we can change that.”

Bevel is very easy to use and works on any smartphone or tablet – it simply plugs into you headphone jack, you download the free Bevel App and start taking pictures.  It actually uses an eye-safe laser light to scan the image as well as the existing camera on your device and translates that into 3D photography…you can even use Bevel for 3D printing.  Other 3D attachments create the illusion of 3D by enhancing the photo’s depth but fails to capture a file that you can actually use.  There are a couple of early prototypes you can look at here – just remember, that the finished product will be more polished.

Genuine 3D photographs can not only freeze a moment in time but also can be rotated and turned into GIFs and viewed from multiple angles.  You can also add an image of a background to your 3D photo and then shared through Cashew and the Bevel App directly to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, WordPress blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.  You can save them for video game designs or 3D printing.  As a shareable file, besides uploading the image you can also text and email them.

Matter and Form are the same folks that brought you an affordable 3D Scanner that has sold thousands and shipped all over the world since introduced two years ago.  Their next goal is “to put the power of 3D into people’s hands and totally change the way you communicate with Bevel.”  Check them out on Kickstarter and see if you think it is something that warrants your hard-earned dollars.

3D Dessert using Bevel