When studying wild animals such as sharks, it can be difficult to get ahold of one every time you want to check something out. Having a 3D model of the creature would certainly help, although getting a shark to sit still for several minutes while being scanned could be quite the challenge. That's why a University of Massachusetts Amherst team led by biologist Duncan J. Irschick created the portable, quick-scanning Beastcam.
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HP has announced a free software update for its all-in-one dual-workspace Sprout computer that adds 3D capture capabilities. Sprout could already scan objects placed on its horizontal workspace when it was first released last year, but it was limited to generating two-dimensional images. Now it can generate full 3D models of any objects positioned beneath its cameras.