A new app has entered the Apple App Store that allows owners of iPhone 6 smartphones to take 3D photos using their phone's camera. The app, called 3DAround, allows users to take 360 degree images of objects, mainly food. The end result is not just a 3-dimensional image, but also interactive.
The developers of the app, Dacuda, designed the app to grab attention of food photographers but it works fine for other objects as well. 3DAround uses omni-directional SLAM Scan 3D technology (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) engine, software and algorithms for 3D scanning with the iPhone 6's camera, The Next Web reports.
"The app allows users to share full dining experiences via 3D images so lifelike, viewers can almost taste the food," Alexander Ilic from Dacuda said, according to BGR. "3DAround extracts a full 3D model of an image, capturing object depth and structure as users move around to take food photos from various angles. It combines these multiple images into a single, virtual 3D photo."
3DAround also interacts with the device's accelerometer, which makes the image shift and pan when the iPhone is tilted. The app gives the 3D image by capturing the object's depth and structure from various angles and then combining into a single photo.
The free app is currently supported only on iPhone 6 devices running iOS 8 or higher. Support for additional iPhone models, such as iPhone 5, is coming as early as next month. Unlike the usual download method, 3DAround cannot be grabbed from iTunes. Users need to download the TestFlight app before loading it on the iPhone 6.