From Virtual To Reality: 3D Photography As Business In A Box
Do you remember back in the days the Sega Purikura type of instant photo booths that made tons of cash?
This type of business add-on quickly became very lucrative for those who owned a storefront or have extra real estate space in high foot traffic areas. Business owners or entrepreneurs can easily acquire a turnkey solution like these type of machines to help generate revenue at very low initial investment and minimal labor cost.
Introducing “Business In a Box” Turnkey Portable 3D Photography System
Twindom delivers “business in a box”, a turnkey portable 3D photography system that can enable business owners, entrepreneurs, or professional studios to install the booth as a business add-on to generate extra income.
Twindom was founded in 2013 by David Pastewka, Will Drevno, and Richard Berwick, a team of technology enthusiasts and engineers out of UC Berkeley.
The team received investment funding by famous Silicon Valley VC, Tim Draper, and since then have developed a sophisticated scanning and capturing system for those who are looking to enter the 3D photography and scanning businesses.
The potential application of this type of scanners ranges from placing the system shopping malls, graduation events, conventions/expos, wedding ceremonies, theme parks, or other high foot traffic locations.
Other specialized areas may include gaming studios character creation, children upbringing photography studios, and pet photography studios.
“We were very successful at acquiring new customers and started making a return on our investment within the first few months since installing a Twinstant scanner. At this rate of growth, we can easily make back our investment within one year ” -My 3D Pet
About 3D Scanning Technologies
Digital 3D scanning has been around since the 1980s. Today, 3D scanning was used in everything from self-driving cars to archaeological preservation.
For 3D scanning people, or 3D photography, the most common methods used are:
1.Handheld 3D scanner (usually structured light technology)
About Handheld Scanners:
Handheld 3D scanners used in 3D photography typically rely on structured light to calculate the geometry of the subject being 3D scanned. They were designed for and have numerous applications in engineering.
Although handheld scanners are greater it’s mobility, the biggest limitation for handheld 3D scanners is the need for people to stand still throughout the scanning process. You need people to be as still as possible or risk ruining the scan or creating serious headaches in post-production. Most kids/pets are unsuited for being scanned with a handheld scanner.
About Photogrammetry Systems
An expensive DSLR 3D scanning solution consists of 70~150 DSLR camera and lighting equipment. The average cost per system can range from 100,000~250,000 USD and is predominantly used in the visual effects industry.
Introducing the Twinstant System
Like the DSLR photogrammetry 3D scanning system, but at a fraction of the price, Twindom has developed their own proprietary hardware and software solution starting at just under $30,000 per system.
The system has been designed as very easy to operate, similar to a kiosk. One person alone can setup and operate the system in just a few hours.
The post production process is the easiest way to render a 3D model, as the Twinstant is capable to automatically generate 3D model preview through cloud computing platform, and producing 3D models that capable to 3D print anyone into a full-color 3D figurines, making this technology a great solution for the 3D portrait market.
To date, Twindom has scanned and printed tens of thousands of customers, all photographed at malls, studios, science center, comic-con and other costume conventions, graduation, wedding, parties, fairs, and numerous smaller private events.
The Twinstant 3D scanning systems are currently located through the US, and is live in 10 different countries.