The iPhone’s LiDAR scanner is used in a very special way, changing the lives of pets forever. Check it out here!
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iPhone’s LiDAR scanner
The iPhone has had a LiDAR scanner for several years now. Such a scanner uses the light in the environment to estimate depth. LiDAR stands for Light Detection And Ranging. The scanner then uses the light to determine distances in a room. With this technique it is therefore possible to use Augmented Reality apps, for example, or to measure your height with your phone.
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The sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro (Max), the iPhone 13 Pro (Max) and the iPhone 14 Pro (Max) can be found in the black dot on the camera island. The expectation is that the LiDAR scanner will also only come to the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max with the iPhone 15 series. A company is now using the scanner for a special purpose, namely prostheses for pets!
Pets are helped with the scanner
3Dpets, the company behind the prosthetics, uses the iPhone’s LiDAR scanner to design pet prosthetics. These are different types of animals, so prostheses have already been made for dogs and cats, but also for geese, ducks, and even an elephant. The scanner scans the animal’s body to create a 3D design for the prosthesis.
This has to be done again with every animal, because every animal naturally has a different build and needs a different kind of help. With the LiDAR scan via the iPhone, it is then possible to make a design for the artificial body part. The company then produces the various parts of the prosthesis with a 3D printer. You can see exactly how that works and how the pets get used to the prostheses in this video:
Pets’ lives changed
As you can see in the video, the pets need time to trust their bodies again. After a few months, they are fully supported by the prosthesis and playing and running become much easier. This is how the iPhone’s LiDAR scanner helps improve the lives of pets, because the prosthesis lasts their entire life. Without a scanner, the iPhone couldn’t have helped with this process.
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A 3DPets prosthesis costs between $100 and $2,000, depending on the size and complexity of the device. The company has already helped more than 300 animals in total with the iPhone’s LiDAR scanner, but is not yet active in the Netherlands. Do you want to know more about the project and about the company that makes the prostheses? Check out the 3DPets website here!
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