TAGS: HARDWARE, MOST USEFUL
Manak's father owns a business and a large part of it is was based on retail. Seeing his father's online commerce website and it's representation of products, Manak sought to build a more efficient way of enabling customers to truly experience the prospective products that they could buy. When he discussed it with his friends Allwin and Rameez, they loved and together at HackNRoll 15' they commenced and built a hack level prototype of their idea. Thus, flux.foto, the low cost 3D scanner was built.
Our target user comprises of users of e-commerce apps or services such as Carousell in which currently they are limited to simply 2d images of apps to experience products they are about to purchase.
Our user group also includes e-commerce firms that are looking to lower their total cost of goods sold. While our implementation isn't anywhere close to being perfect, if given time, we believe we can optimize in such that ensures effectiveness in terms of both quality and cost.
What key features are you most proud of?
We are most proud of the fact that we are able to create a device that offers a professional level of service at way less than 1/10th of the cost. Professional 3d Scanners cost way beyond $2000 whereas our implementation, albeit it's crudeness, costed us less than $100 — a number we believe we can significantly bring down given enough time.
The simplicity of use flux.foto provides is nothing short of amazing. We worked hard to ensure the end user has a seamless experience experience regardless of the operating system or platform he or she is using with a simple camera and our technology. One click of a button is all it takes to create a near professional level 3D scan of a given object -> a metric we intend to significantly develop as time goes by.
Within a period of 24 hours we created a model that even rivals existing professional grade solutions such as Photo360 by providing a truly one click experience. Photo360 and cost more than $4000 and subjects end users to a torturous model of operation by making them having to manually operate the machine every few seconds in order to ensure that a 3D scan works.
We created a precision-controlled turntable that was controlled by a Raspberry Pi and a Python Flask server in order automatically rotate a given object placed in our scanner. The attached Camera then synchronously takes snapshots of the object's position at different points. Once these images are obtained we stitch them together and present to the end user a 3D, interactive scan of their product.
Our hope is to evolve this product to create truly 3D models which could then be used for a variety of applications!