Hopefully, by now you’ve seen Zappcha being talked about in various forums and on social media. For those who haven’t seen it yet, Zappcha enables users of Pro iOS devices (including the latest iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max) to scan objects around them and turn them into point clouds – which they can then view on their device, and share with others online. It’s great for playing around with (we’ve had great fun scanning our offices, local fountains, and our cars) but it’s also a handy tool for professionals who work with point clouds – especially when combined with our cloud storage platform, the Zappcha Cloud.
We’re very proud of Zappcha, but we’re also constantly working on ways to improve the app. And we’re thrilled that our second major update to Zappcha has now been released, with a host of new features – including active filtering, burst mode, unlimited scan size, geo-referencing, and high contrast. In this blog we’ll talk you through these new features. But if you’re in a hurry, you can check out our summary video here.
The LiDAR scanner in your iOS device works by firing lasers out in all directions. Those lasers bounce off objects and return to the scanner – making a point. Of course, this means that when you scan an object, you’ll invariably pick up some points from things nearby that aren’t part of what you’re scanning – or noise, as the professionals call it. Active filtering removes most of that noise so that your scan only includes the object you’re scanning. Here’s the difference it can make to a scan: