Mashing Minecraft with the real world
A new app for iOS called Dekkoscan, the solution to a problem that never existed.
It is already possible to 3D print your creations from Minecraft (www.minecraftprint.com) but now you can also take objects from the real world and 3D scan them into Minecraft using Dekkoscan. It works with iPad 2, the iPhone 4s and newer iOS devices. Currently pending approval in the app store it should be released very soon. There are plans for an Android version in the future, but no date has been set yet.
The app just uses the camera on your phone or tablet to record a video, which is then converted into a 3D model that you can load into Minecraft. The picture below is of the original object (because who doesn’t like owls?)
which after some computer magic turned into this:
Normally there is an issue of resolution when trying to do 3D scanning with a phone camera, but since Minecraft is well .. made of blocks this is not likely to be mush of an issue. You can see more photos here.
Here is where the fun really starts. You can 3D scan something into Minecraft, edit it with your pick axe, shovel or what ever you like, and then 3D print it out. Just one word of warning.