Scan your real-life items into Minecraft

An app pending approval for an iOS release lets you scan real-life objects and port them to Minecraft.

An app pending approval for an iOS release lets you scan real-life objects and port them to Minecraft.

(Credit: Portemantho)

What would you like to see in Minecraft? Your cat? The TARDIS? An upcoming app called DekkoScan will let you instantly build anything — as long as you have a real-life object from which you can create a scan.

Using 3D reconstruction technology developed in its augmented-reality (AR) racing game Tabletop Speed, small developer Dekko has created an app that converts a 3D scan into voxels and exports it into Minecraft, where, if you have the materials, you can build it.

It looks pretty easy to use. You move around your object to create a full 3D scan of it. To see what it will look like "cubified", you can tap "InGame View", and to send it to your game, just tap "Generate". This will create a zip file, and send it either to your saves folder or MCEdit.

According to creator portemantho, the app is only capable of scanning relatively small items. "The size of the objects is limited by the (low) memory of iOS, and the tech is pretty intensive," he said. "Right now, I limited the resolution to 128x128. The app is designed to work decently with the slowest device it supports (A5 chip, so iPad2/mini and iPhone4S)."

At this time, available colours are limited to the 16 shades of wool in the game, too.

Hopefully, the app will be available on the iTunes store sometime this week, at a price point of no higher than US$1.99. An Android release will come once Dekko can come up with the funding. In the meantime, the team is hoping to include more features, such as a scale slider.

Keep your eyes open for the app over the next few days. iPhone 4 users should be warned that the app will only work on the iPhone 4S or later.

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