Users create digital versions of physical objects by using the tip of the articulated arm of the Micro Scribe device to trace the contours of an object such as a race car model, sculpture, or toy. The resulting data set can be transformed (using most 3D software applications) to an accurate digital rendering of the object.
The MicroScribe has a new USB port (in addition to RS-232 serial capability) that will allow users to plug the device into a laptop or desktop computer without the need for a separate power module. In addition, the USB connection increases the data transfer rate from the MicroScribe.
MicroScribe G2 devices are available in a range of sizes and capabilities. The basic model provides a level of detail up to 0.015 inches in a 50-inch work sphere and costs $3495. The G2X captures a level of detail up to 0.009 inches in a 50-inch work sphere and costs $3995. The G2L captures up to 0.017 inches in a 66-inch work sphere for $4995, and the G2LX captures up to 0.012 inches in a 66-inch work sphere at a cost of $5495.
For optimal compatibility with Alias|Wavefront's Maya, Im mersion offers MicroScribe Connections for Maya, a plug-in that gives users access to MicroScribe commands and settings within Maya. (Immersion Corp.; www.immersion.com) -JD