Epic Games’ app that turns your photos into 3D models is coming to iOS

RealityScan is available for iOS and iPadOS. Perfect for making 3D models of real objects very simply.

Epic Games recently released Reality Scan for iOS. The free app, so far available in closed beta, lets anyone scan real-world objects with their phone and turn them into high-fidelity 3D models.

RealityScan is available for iOS and iPadOS

This app is the result of Epic’s acquisition of Capturing Reality, a company specializing in photogrammetry. Like desktop software, Reality Scan combines 2D images to make 3D content for games and other virtual environments. The idea is to allow developers and other creatives to scan real objects anywhere, anytime for their projects. (If the metaverse ever takes off, you can imagine these tools will become essential.)

The scanning process first requires you to log in with your Epic Games account and take at least 20 photos of the item from all angles. By moving your phone, you will have the indication of the quality of the scan in real time. In green, the well-covered areas, in yellow those that require a little more attention and in red those that need many more shots. The whole being staged as if you had Polaroid floating around your object.

Perfect for making 3D models of real objects very simply

The app automatically uploads and aligns images to the cloud as you take your shots. You have a preview of the model via the camera view and you can switch whenever you want between the quality view of the scan and the model in creation, with real-time color rendering. When you want to crop, you have 3D handles available to carry out the maneuver and keep only the object that interests you, without the ground or the objects in the background.

The process is more efficient, logically, with objects scanned under indirect uniform lighting and of a fairly substantial size. To be considered. No doubt however that this will improve with the versions.

Once you’re happy with the capture, you can export it to Sketchfab, a 3D platform acquired by Epic Games last year, and do what you want with it. If you have scanned something very unique, you can also try to sell your 3D model. Game developers who need a specific item for a virtual environment are the target audience for this kind of transaction.

RealityScan is available for free for iOS and iPadOS on theAppStore. A few months ago, Epic declared that a version android will arrive before the end of the year, but unfortunately there is not much time left to meet this deadline.