Scandy, a New Orleans-based 3D scanning and 360º panorama capture platform, has announced an API that allows virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications to pull in user-generated 3D content. The company is on a mission to allow anyone to easily create, share, and print in 3D.
“This API will allow developers creating a VR/AR application to query the Scandy platform and find 3D scans or 360º panoramas that meet the search terms,” explained the company. “Thanks to Scandy’s social network, which has users add hashtags and descriptions of the 3D content they upload, developers will be able to query the API and get 3D content relevant to their application or their user’s request.”
The startup, along with Gestigon, will allow developers to interact with the platform’s 3D content in a Google Cardboard VR headset via Gestigon’s gesture control interface at the upcoming Tech Crunch Disrupt Hackathon in New York.
Scandy will be introducing the API through a sponsorship by pmdtechnologies, allowing developers to use their CamBoard pico flexx 3D depth sensor to interact with VR headsets through a gesture control library.
“Scandy uses pmd’s ToF depth-sensor in its Android 3D scanning app, and Gestigon uses the same depth-sensor to enable gesture control in VR/AR space,” says co-founder Cole Wiley.
In April, Scandy announced a $1 million seed funding round, which is being used to develop their application for the upcoming launch of the first phones equipped with embedded depth sensors and the Google Project Tango software.