More than a year after Immersion Corp. first announced a Mac OS X software development kit (SDK) for its MicroScribe 3D digitizer, the company has released
MicroScribe Connections for Maya for Mac OS X. The new software plug-in enables Maya users to create 3D models using the MicroScribe device. The plug-in was developed in conjunction with
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MicroScribe G2 is an articulated device that enables users to create 3D models in the computer using a real-world model. A mechanical arm is mated to tracking technology that reproduces the 3D object on the computer with an accuracy of up to 0.012 inches, or about 0.30 mm, depending on MicroScribe G2 device used. Immersion manufactures MicroScribe G2 systems that support workspace sizes ranging from 55 to 66 inches (1.27 to 1.67 meters), with prices ranging from US$3,495 to $5,495.
MicroScribe Connections for Maya adds an integrated menu and “Custom Reference Frame” to Maya, enabling users to align the MicroScribe system with the Maya workspace. Features include Scan Planes and time or distance auto plotting. Any Maya object can also be parented to the MicroScribe cursor, to assist with dynamic light and camera placement. System requirements include Maya 6.0 or later for Mac OS X and any USB-capable MicroScribe G2 hardware.
The Immersion Web site had not been updated with information about the new version of MicroScribe Connections for Maya for Mac OS X as MacCentral posted this article, but the Windows version is listed as having a 30-day trial version available for download. The plug-in costs US$495 and can be purchased bundled with the MicroScribe G2 system as well.