Epic Games has a new app for capturing photogrammetry assets on your phone
Epic Games has a fun new tool for game developers. Ahead of this week’s State of the Unreal, the company debuted Reality Scana new (free!) 3D scanning app that turns photos of objects into high-fidelity 3D models.
RealityScan is a new app developed in partnership with photogrammetry tool makers CapturingReality and Quixel (Epic purchased Capture Reality in last year’s acquisition scan). As shown in a presentation videothe tool works by assembling a complete 3D asset using multiple photos taken of an object.
After creating the asset, RealityScan users can upload their creations to Sketchfab for their own use or to license them to other developers.
Epic said the app isn’t ready for prime time yet. It is only available in limited beta for the first 10,000 users on iOS. You can find more information about beta membership here.
Photogrammetry has been available to developers for a few years now, but most of the time skilled technicians and specialized equipment are required to properly capture real-world objects for gaming environments. he tool via everyday smartphones is both revolutionary and raises enormous legal and ethical questions.
For example, if a developer wanted to scan their favorite coffee mug and use it in a game, would the designer of the mug have copyright? Would this claim still hold if the developer changed the mug after acquiring the asset? How does this copyright license extend to the design of a chair? A specialized lamp? What about an action figure or toy based on licensed intellectual property?
It’ll be nice to see what the devs come up with with this brand new tech – hopefully real-world item spawns aren’t correlated with instances of abuse either.