December 6, 2022 – Epic Games, developer of leading real-time 3D creation platform Unreal Engine, and Capturing Reality, a software development house based in Slovakia, have recently announced that the RealityScan app is now available to download for free on iOS.
First announced earlier this year, RealityScan is a 3D scanning app for mobile devices that turns photos into high-fidelity 3D models. Users simply photograph an object using their smartphone, and the RealityScan app uses cloud processing to transform it into a 3D model, which can then be exported to Sketchfab and shared with the world.
RealityScan is created by Capturing Reality, a developer of photogrammetry solutions whose mission is to make 3D scanning accessible to all creators. With RealityScan, now anyone can create 3D models from real-world objects and use them to enhance the realism of their visualization projects, according to Epic. While using RealityScan requires no special skills or experience, Capturing Reality has released a video tutorial to help users achieve optimal results (shown below).
Capturing Reality previously joined forces with Quixel—creators of a scan library called Megascans—to create high-fidelity scans using a desktop version of the RealityCapture application. Now the RealityScan mobile app takes the desktop platform’s powerful technology and puts it into the pockets of users and creators, enabling them to quickly and easily create accurate 3D models equal in quality to Megascans, according to the company.
Epic stated that in just a few minutes, completed 3D assets can be seamlessly uploaded from RealityScan to Sketchfab, a platform for publishing, sharing, and selling 3D, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) content. From there, users can download the model for use in Unreal Engine, Twinmotion, MetaHuman, or any other post-processing tool. Plus, RealityScan users will automatically be upgraded to a Sketchfab Pro account for a year after their first upload to Sketchfab.
Image / video credit: Epic Games / Capturing Reality / YouTube
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