Stores could also scan their furniture and make it downloadable. For example, someone could select a couch and place it in their virtual home to see how well it would fit - including with different color options.
Should someone want to, they could even use Matterport's computer model to 3D print their house in miniature, Shaffer said.
Matterport's potato-on-a-tripod setup is a bit awkward, but another is in the works. PrimeSense has come out with a new sensor system, called Capri, that's less than half the size of what's in today's Kinect. With the new sensors, Matterport reckons it can sell scanners that are about the size and price of "a nice digital SLR." The device will go on sale this summer, with pre-orders starting sooner.
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