Dacuda’s vaiaVR at GamesCom 2016

August 30, 2016 —

We had an incredible, successful GamesCom and are overwhelmed by the response we received! We proudly presented vaiaVR to curious visitors, potential customers, and business partners with our fun, interactive, cutting edge demo. But we didn’t just show, we invited them to try out vaiaVR for themselves and experience immersive room-scale VR using nothing but a smartphone. To say it was a blast is an understatement.

By interacting with so many consumers, we constantly gather opinions and feedback from users to ensure we stay true to our promise: vaiaVR an accessible and affordable room-scale VR experience for everyone. We are committed to providing a quality VR experience. From talking to Gamescom attendees who were interested in vaiaVR, we continued to confirm we are on the right track. We are confident that vaiaVR can – and will – bring the most cost-effective room-scale mobile VR experience to individuals worldwide. Keep an eye out for the official launch announcement. We promise it will be worth the wait! In the meantime here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions.

How does vaiaVR work?

Dacuda’s six degrees of freedom (6-DoF) tracking technology uses the phone’s built-in camera to determine a precise head position and rotation more than 60 times per second. This is the world’s first solution that enables mobile 6DoF tracking at a <20ms motion-to-photon latency on smartphones. All you need is a recent smartphone and a VR-ready computer running Valve’s Steam platform. You can move your body freely in any direction, whether this is to escape a zombie attack, or to pilot a massive spaceship in any direction. You can see your instant movement, with no lag, in three-dimensional space.

Can I see a demo even if I didn’t make it to GamesCom?

Check out these two demo videos:

  1. https://youtu.be/XbvgL19YoRE
  2. https://youtu.be/k0MLs5mqRNo

We were very excited to represent the Swiss gaming and tech industry at Gamescom 2016 this year! Gamescom is the world’s largest event for computer and video games, and attracted 345,000 visitors from 97 countries and 877 companies from 54 countries. If you stopped by the joint “SwissGames” booth we hope you said hi! Big thanks go to Pro Helvetia for organizing the SwissGames booth.

Dacuda at Qualcomm Booth – 3D Scanning – SIGGRAPH 2016

August 3, 2016 —


What is SIGGRAPH and what did Dacuda do there?

The 43rd SIGGRAPH Conference is a five-day forum where the world’s most prestigious high tech industry leaders showcase their products and facilitate educational conversations. This year the conference was centered around Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques and it took place from July 24-28 in Anaheim, CA. Dacuda partnered with Qualcomm and presented a demo on 3D scanning using nothing but a smartphone. Dacuda’s co-founder and VP engineer, Martin Zahnert, was invited to speak about the accessibility of this new technology on the panel “A Vision for Computer Vision: Emerging Technologies.”

What is Dacuda’s 3D scanning technology and how does it differ from others?

It is a purely camera based 3D scanning solution that doesn’t require any additional hardware. It can run on a standard nexus 6P phone and can scan pretty much anything you can think of: your favourite meal, a sculpture, your baby puppy (if you can catch it), and even your goofy best friend. You can even easily take a selfie and create a 3D model of yourself. At the joint Dacuda and Qualcomm booth, we showcased 3D Scanning on two pieces of fruit using just a regular smartphone and wowed the reporter from Forbes Tech. He writes, “Dacuda and Qualcomm teamed up to… demonstrate how effortless 3D scanning on mobile has become.”

What is the takeaway from the conference?

Dacuda & Qualcomm’s showcase introduced the simplicity of 3D scanning to the public—no hardware or setup is necessary. It is affordable so this high-end technology is available to more people. Finally, it is just simply fun to play around with so anyone with a smartphone can create his or her own 3D content.

Why Mobile VR Experiences are About to Get Much Better

May 24, 2016 —

What will make it better?
After enabling smartphone user to generate 3D avatars of themselves in real-time to either print, play in games or share into VR spaces we are excited to announce the release of our latest SLAM Scan® 3D based solution: A fully immersive VR experience for mobile phone users with 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF).

Why is this needed?
Today’s mobile VR solutions offer the limited 3 degrees of freedom (3DoF) which only allows users to look around, since only rotational movements of their head are sensed and transferred to the display. Translational movements like e.g. looking around a corner or moving closer to an object are not supported in today’s mobile VR solutions.
What is the advantage for the users?
With our fully immersive VR solution we are finally bringing the 6DoF to smartphone-based VR. Using a regular smartphone with our proprietary tracking algorithm, we have made it possible for anyone to freely walk and move through VR spaces and experience VR the way it is meant to be experienced – simply using a mobile phone. Our type of mobile room-scale VR experience is enabled by tracking all 6DoF and applying the most advanced computer vision algorithms to the built in standard camera.
Why is this different?
6DoF tracking was previously only available in high-end setups such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive which use external components that are cumbersome to set up and expensive. We achieve this same type of 6DoF experience with our latest version of the SLAM Scan® 3D engine.
What is the set-up?
In our solution, we use an iPhone 6 in a Zeiss VR One headset and the SteamVR game ‘theBlu’ to demo just how well this works and it looks absolutely fantastic.
How can you benefit?
Take a look at the video below and see for yourself! Wouldn’t you like to experience virtual reality at a price point that doesn’t break the bank? We at Dacuda believe everyone should get a chance to play in these new virtual worlds.


If you want to experience our fully immersive VR experience for mobile yourself, please stay tuned for the E3 Expo in LA, where we will be showing off our solution live!



Check out what UploadVR had to say about our solution: http://uploadvr.com/dacuda-3d-scanning/

Dacuda Launches Personal Avatar Solution SDK @ GDC

March 30, 2016 —

We unveiled a brand new end‐to‐end solution for game studios at GDC, that enables players to create and exist as their own photorealistic avatars in games, using nothing more than a smartphone. Built on our SLAM Scan® 3D engine, which powers the world’s most advanced mobile software 3D camera, this personalized avatar solution brings gaming to a whole new level.


Our SDK is now available for game studios around the world, allowing game developers to easily bring hyperrealistic digital 3D representation of their players into the game either directly in their mobile game or through a mobile companion app for desktop and console games.

Link: www.dacuda.com/gaming

3 simple steps for your 3D Selfie

February 3, 2016 —

Have you seen our new app in the App store? Enter the conversation, and try our new App Staramba 3D, the first ever app on iPhone that allows you to go from 3D Scan to 3D print all in app without the use of any extra hardware. Download the app on the App Store, take a 3D selfie and get 3D printed next to your favorite player. That’s right, choose players from your favorite Champions League Teams and get ready for the second half of European football season with the hottest new fan merchandise out there. All it takes is 3 easy steps. The revolutionary technology behind it is anything but simple and brings 3D scanning to the masses, thanks to Dacuda’s patented SLAM Scan® technology. Currently you can choose to take a 3D selfie next your favourite FC Bayern Munich players, and pretty soon you will be able to pick from even more of the hottest Champions League Teams. Check it out!


Schon immer davon geträumt ein Teil des Fc Bayern Teams zu sein? Lass deine Träume nun wahr werden mit der neuen App Staramba3D. Mit den 3D Sammelfiguren von Staramba, kannst nun auch Du zum Team dazugehören. Einfach die App herunterladen, deinen Lieblingsfussballstar auswählen und zum Erfassungsmodus fortschreiten. Hier kannst du dann ganz einfach ein Selfie schiessen und dir das Resultat sogleich anschauen. Sobald Du zufrieden bist mit deinem 3D selfie, kannst Du in der App sogleich die fotorealischte Figuren von Euch zwei bestellen, die innerhalb weniger Tagen gedruckt und geliefert werden. Hol Dir die erste iPhone App überhaupt, welche Dir ermöglicht ohne Einsatz von zusätzlicher Hardware einen 3D Druck von deinem 3D selfie zu erstellen. Dacudas eigenentwickelte und patentierte SLAM Scan® Technologie ermöglicht erstmals 3D-Scanning für die Massen in dem es dein Handy in einen Leistungsstarken 3D-Scanner umwandelt. So kommst auch Du näher an die Stars heran! Staramba 3D erhältst Du ab sofort im App Store. http://staramba3d.com/

Staramba 3D App Officially Launched

December 2, 2015 —

The app revolutionizes the world of digital merchandising. In a few easy steps, fans can scan themselves in 3D, select their favorite player, and create a printable 3D selfie. Just a few days later, the fan will receive the 3D figurine pair in the mail. To access the technology, all users have to do is simply download the Staramba 3D app from the App Store, and smile for their 3D selfie!

“Until now 3D scanning required expensive equipment. With the Staramba 3D app, we are bringing 3D scanning to everyone“ said Dacuda CEO Dr. Peter Weigand “This app enables everyone to create a 100% personalized 3D figurine as simple as taking a photo and therefore brings 3D printing to the masses.”

Using Dacuda’s 3D scanning technology, the intuitive user interface guides users through the face scanning process. In seconds, a print-ready image is available on their smartphone. The app comes with built-in features to customize the hairstyle and body type of the printed figurine. After creating their scan, fans can choose their favourite football star within the app and order their personalized figurine duo. Currently, Staramba 3D include all players from Bayern Munich, and more UEFA Champions League Teams will be added in the near future.
Fans can 3D scan themselves and order their 3D printed figurines directly in the app. And for friends and family members of football fans, vouchers are available specifically for the holiday season to give the gift of a 3D selfie.