This future camera captures the world in 3D models; yet another exciting innovation funded through Kickstarter.
At Redshark, we’ve been quietly observing this hot piece of kit since its Kickstarter campaign began on February 1. Now that it has surpassed its fundraising goal, it is no longer just a novel idea; it’s something (hopefully) on the road to completion.
Meet the Lynx A. According to the camera’s makers at Lynx Laboratory, the revolutionary capture device doesn’t take traditional 2D photos, instead delivering 3D models perfect for architectural modeling, visual effects, and 3D printing (yes, the resulting models are watertight).
You have three modes to choose from: scene modeling, object modeling, and motion capture. In all modes, you scan your object or environment and the camera records data and displays the process through a 14” LCD screen. You can preview and playback recorded models, navigating the recorded 3D material via joystick control, and export to common file formats, such as OBJ, STL, BVH, PLY and others.
Similar to Autodesk’s 123d Catch, the Lynx A aims to take the need for ‘expertise’ out of the equation, providing an important shortcut to the creative process. The Lynx A distinguishes itself by being a fully-featured hardware-based solution, boasting a new i5 processor, 500GB internal storage, and USB 3.0 and HDMI outputs.
Is it worth it?
In the makers’ own words: “The Lynx A camera is for anyone who wants or needs 3D content. Whether you're an architectural surveyor, VFX artist, video game engineer, maker, or just think its cool, you'll find the content produced by our camera to be useful and easy to acquire.”
In this observer’s eyes, there are a couple of sticking points. First, the device is described as a tablet, but if you’re thinking of a souped-up iPad, think again. The Lynx A is roughly the dimensions of a Monopoly game box, and at 6 pounds, significantly heavier. Then, there’s the price: the early-bird pricing stands at a stiff $1799 for the ‘object modeling model’, and $2699 for the full version with all three modes, which places the intriguing camera out of reach for the typical hobbyist. But for many professionals, the prospect of cutting significant hours out of their workflow makes the Lynx A an attractive buy that could pay for itself, one model at a time.