RealityScan lets you scan real-world objects with iPhone to create 3D models

The new RealityScan app from Epic Games lets you scan objects with your iPhone to create 3D models for games, AR and VR content and more.

  • A new Epic Games app uses the iPhone to create 3D models of scanned objects
  • It allows you to scan real-world objects to create high-fidelity 3D models
  • 3D photogrammetry isn’t new, but this app takes it to a whole new level

RealityScan: Scan 3D objects with your iPhone

Creating detailed three-dimensional objects is no easy task. RealityScan promises to make 3D scanning available to everyone regardless of their skill level or expertise. The scans are of high enough quality to be used with little to no editing in augmented reality apps, Unreal Engine games and more. The app must take at least three-dozen images to create a single 3D object, which can then be uploaded to Sketchfab from within the app. Read: How to scan  documents from the Files app

“Capturing real-world assets for digital experiences has traditionally been complicated, technical and labor-intensive—but now it’s as simple as unlocking your smartphone,” reads the announcement on the official Capturing Reality website.

The app does not require ideal conditions to produce detailed 3D objects like similar software in that category, but there are certain prerequisites to consider. For instance, you’ll want to set the object being scanned in front of a clean background. You will also want to take care of lighting. Depending on your environment, you will either end up with a high-fidelity 3D object or a flawed one.

Made possible by the TrueDepth camera

By leveraging the TrueDepth camera in your iPhone which allows for depth sensing, the software can turn photos of real-life objects into high-fidelity 3D models. The app is being pitched as state-of-the-art photogrammetric software which can “reconstruct objects and scenes of any size from images or laser scans.” These “laser scans” refer to the infrared transmitter and receiver housed within Apple’s TrueDepth camera,  which make possible highly detailed 3D meshes.

The app was developed in partnership with Quixel, which uses technologies from Capturing Reality, a startup that produces 3D photogrammetry software. Epic Games acquired the company in 2021. Available as a limited beta through Apple’s TestFlight beta-testing software, RealityScan will launch to the general public later in 2022. Based on customer feedback, the app could gain new features before it’s even ready for prime time. Read: How to set up an alternate appearance on iPhone using Face ID