Ever wanted to access your 3D models on your iPhone, take a photograph of your surroundings, then place the 3D model in the photo? No, well at least now the option is on the horizon.
CEO Lynn Wilson spoke at #DSDEVCON09 and previewed an interesting new app for the iPhone that starts to integrate 3D Cad into the iPhone.
3DVIA Sure it is not the most creative application but this along with iTracer is at least a foot in the iPhone 3D door. I can see it’s use as a sales tool, if you were say an interior designer visiting a clients space and you wanted to show them how a piece of furniture would look in a given setting then you could give them a visual and I assume then email it to them (or mms on 3.0). I can not really see how anyone would really want to model on the iPhone anyway as it would be kinda awkward (very) and slow..
If you want to see a video of the app in action check out this post on youtube, and if you are interested in iTracer it is now available via iTunes Store.
iTracer is a 3D modeling and rendering application for the iPhone. With it you can build full 3D scenes and render images. The rendered images can then be saved to your Photos Library for later use by other applications. The multi-touch interface allows view scaling and panning at any time with simple pinch gestures. Translate, rotate and scale objects with simple touch movements that snap to an adaptative grid. Includes a full material editor with diffuse and specular components, opacity, refraction, reflection and self illumination. Shadows are cast from multiple lights and support transparent objects. Use procedural objects like spheres and boxes for infinite precision and faster rendering. Also supports generic triangle meshes with per-vertex normals. The included modeling interface allows you to create custom 3D meshes using extrusion and revolution surfaces. A full feature 2D curve editor makes it easy to create 2D shapes and fine tune its vertices by moving, adding and deleting vertices as needed.