Scandy, a Jefferson Parish tech startup that’s developing software that lets users capture, share and print 3-D images from mobile devices, has received $1 million in seed money to build an app for an upcoming wave of smartphones that will be equipped with depth sensors.
The software is expected to make the technology more accessible to consumers.
Founded in late 2014, Scandy developed an app to create 360-degree panoramas and attach a sensor to a mobile device to create color 3-D printed spheres.
Scandy’s upcoming app will allow users to capture 3-D panoramic images with a smartphone equipped with a depth sensor and order color 3-D printed spheres of the image. The technology is being developed in conjunction with Google’s Project Tango, which is slated to be incorporated into an upcoming line of smartphones that will have the ability to use motion tracking and depth perception.
Scandy has about 10 employees and plans to hire a few more developers with its new funding, said Stephen Hawkins, a Scandy spokesman.
The spheres range from 2 to 4 inches in size and are priced from $50 to $100. The object prints range from 2 to 6 inches and are priced on volume but run from $10 to $150. The figurine-like objects are printed on sandstone and colored as they are shaped.
Scandy received the funding from Callais Capital Management, a Louisiana-based investment firm, and angel investors in Louisiana, Maryland and Texas, Scandy’s CEO and cofounder Charles Carriere said.
“We are excited about the future of Scandy,” he said. “We are ready for the next generation of mobile devices and have our sights set on easy integration into the virtual reality space.”
Callais is anticipating that the 3-D technology will catch on with consumers.
“Scandy has an opportunity to define how users capture and consume 3-D content. We are excited to be part of this tremendous growth opportunity,” said Hal Callais, Callais’ managing director and chief information officer. “By allowing a user to create 3-D content, share it on social media and order 3-D prints from the same application, Scandy has made 3-D easy for the average consumer.”
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