GeoCV’s Smartphone 3D Capture Software Raises $1.8 Million

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Any discussion of disruptive 3D hardware that is worth its salt will mention the smartphone. We often ask–What’s the true 3D-capture potential of these devices we carry around in our pockets all day?

GeoCV just raised $1.8 million in seed funding to explore that question. The company, founded by computer vision experts, develops software that software that easily generates 3D models of a space using any mobile device equipped with a 3D camera (a device equipped with Google’s Tango, for instance, or Intel’s RealSense).

Though the press release doesn’t mention Matterport by name, it appears that GeoCV sees the California-based company as a primary competitor. GeoCV plans to move into similar 3D-capture markets, beginning with real estate as a “beachhead” for future expansion into construction, interior design, insurance, and property management.

In a more direct statement, GeoCV says that “unlike competitors that offer 3D scanners at a price of $5,000, [their solution]utilizes $500 smartphones with 3D cameras.”

GeoCV’s technology is currently in closed beta testing, being offered to New York realtors “at disruptive pricing” of $149. That number gets users a 3D scan with overhead view, 360° panoramas, and a 2D floor plan with dimensions.

Considering that the dimensions will be captured with a smartphone, we can’t expect them to survey grade. However, with a number of today’s 3D tech companies showing the value of visualization-first 3D capture technologies, it looks like a good time for GeoCV to enter the market.

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SPAR 3D Editor Sean Higgins produces SPAR 3D's weekly newsletters for 3D-scanning professionals, and spar3d.com. Sean has previously worked as a technical writer, a researcher, a freelance technology writer, and an editor for various arts publications. He has degrees from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he studied the history of sound-recording technologies. Sean is a native of Maine and lives in Portland.

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