When we talk about what we do at Beheld we often say to people: we are a 3D scanning company. We have a device called a 3D scanner, which is capable of 3D scanning you within a second or so. The question I have is, is this the right word? When you look up the word “to scan” it means either “to look at all parts carefully to detect a feature” or “cause an object to be traversed by a detector or electromagnetic beam”. We don’t do that.
The technology we use is called Photogrammetry and I am looking forward to explaining more details how that works in a future blog post. (Let me know if you want to learn more, by leaving a comment).
The good news is that this technique works really well and enables us to create lifelike full color digital 3D models of whoever is in our scanner. We have scanned people by themselves, we have scanned groups of people. We have scanned kids and we have scanned dogs.
We can use these 3D models to have some fun in the digital domain and create animations like the one on the photo here or we could also 3D print those models in the small figurines of ourselves.