Matter And Form
Matter and Form Inc. (formerly Matterform) was founded by designers and programmers who needed a high-resolution 3D scanner but couldn’t afford it; so they made their own. Determined to help others enhance their creative, professional and recreational lives, they launched a highly successful Indiegogo campaign backed by designers, archivists, architects, hobbyists, gamers, teachers and creative families.
The first product, the Matter and Form 3D Scanner, began shipping in Fall 2014 and has sold thousands of units worldwide. The company recently launched its Approved Reseller program and has authorized key distribution partners worldwide.
Let’s talk about another cool innovation by them which relates closely to..let’s see ..hmm it’s photography. Imagine if you could shoot 3D pictures with your phone? Well that’s exactly what you can do now, with Bevel.
According to the Matter and Form – Bevel Press release, on January 6, 2015, Matter and Form Inc. had announced its launch of Bevel, the world’s first attachment capable of capturing Genuine 3D™ photographs on any smartphone or tablet, at CES. Bevel had also been named a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Digital Imaging category.
Other attachments create the illusion of 3D by enhancing the depth of an image, but fail to capture a file that you can actually use. Bevel uses an eye safe laser light, and the existing camera on your Android or IOS device, to take photographs in a whole new dimension.
“Bevel marks the next step in the company’s vision, to help creative people take their imaginations as far as they can go with 3D technology,” said Drew Cox, CEO and Founder. “We created a product that uses your smartphone to take photos in a whole new way, in 3D. In order for disruptive technology to gain acceptance, it must be seamless and easy to use – which was the primary goal when creating the Bevel. When it comes to communicating visually, photos and video are great. But the problem is we don’t live in a flat, two-dimensional world.
It’s not our native dimension. When we communicate with ordinary photos, we’re never really telling the whole story because the fact is, a 2D photograph just isn’t the whole picture.”
“3D photography is set to revolutionize the way we capture our experiences and share them across social networks. We made the Bevel intuitive to use on any device, easy to learn and affordable for any user. And of course, all in a beautiful package,” said Cox. ”
Bevel - The Product That's Gonna Take Your Imagination Into The 3D World!
Bevel has another use, and that’s as a 3D scanner. However, since its primarily made to be used as a photography attachment, the company has come up with Cashew, their free online service that could enable the scanning process along with possibly a 3rd party software.
Coming back to photography, Bevel is designed to fit most smartphones and tablets with slim cases and works with most modern iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. It’s pretty easy to attach and use. Simply plug it into the headphone jack of your smartphone or tablet, and then panning the person, place or thing, just like a regular photograph. The Bevel app enables you to do everything you do with ordinary photos like posting your 3D pictures on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter or any social network. The Bevel app allows you to share directly to friends or upload and share 3D photos online with a link or just save them. You could use them for animation, video game design and 3D printing. It’s all up-to your imagination!
In terms of it’s battery life or charging time, Bevel works similar to a flash on your phone. If you were to use its laser constantly, it would provide roughly 3 hours of battery life before a need for charging. Of course this would depend on the amount of photos you take, but could roughly match your phones battery life. Charging by itself on a standard adopter would take around 20-30 mins, and needs a separate micro USB cord.
Bevel Scan Samples
Here are some samples of Bevel scans, to give you a different perspective on how things work!
The Brains Behind Matter And Form Inc.
Developing an Innovative Product involves years of hard work. Introducing the Multi-Talented Team behind the Magic…
Drew Cox, CEO
Drew Cox is a programmer, a designer, an art director, an entrepreneur, and a most importantly a problem solver. Outside of his professional endeavors he is an inventor, a hacker, a creator, and a mad scientist. He was a senior art director on Kokanee, Budweiser, Acura, and Maynards amongst others. His hobbies and passion have led him to respect the names of Prusa, Sherline, Arduino, and every person who has ever contributed to open source projects.
Trevor Townsend, CTO
Trevor Townsend has had a diverse working life, including roles as programmer, IT consultant, business analyst and musician. He has written software which is used by multinational corporations including ArcelorMittal, Staples and Home Hardware to manage employee time. He has authored reports on IT requirements for the manufacturing, retail, and reinsurance industries, helped build a web gaming system capable of supporting millions of simultaneous users, and written and performed music albums which have been sold and reviewed globally
Paul Banwatt, COO and GC
Paul Banwatt is a lawyer licensed in New York and Ontario and lectures on 3D printing and scanning law, including for the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. Paul’s 3D blog, Law in the Making, was featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Landslide, the IP magazine of the ABA. Paul also has had a career as a musician, charting in the Billboard U.S. Top 200, playing at the 2011 Coachella Music Festival, and featured in outlets such as Spin, NME, Pitchfork, Playboy Magazine, and New York Times.