Bellus3D takes advantage of Apple's TrueDepth Face ID camera to capture and reproduce high-resolution lifelike 3D selfies - a process which, previously, was only available to those with access to expensive professional 3D scanners.
The Bellus3D FaceApp for the Apple iPhone X is billed as an 'easy-to-use, high-resolution, 3D face scanning application' that works by capturing over 250,000 3D data points on someone's face. To map the points, the user just has to turn their head in front of the iPhone X's camera. The whole process takes around 10 seconds and immediately after scanning is complete, the user's face is virtually reconstructed in 3D.
The 3D face can be viewed with interactive lighting and the app uses the smartphone's built-in gyro to control viewing. Users can also save a 3D selfie video to their camera roll and 3D photo selfies can be shared on Facebook as a 3D post.
As well as 3D selfies, Bellus3D say that the technology can be used in mobile gaming, custom eyeglass design, virtual 3D make-up sessions, medical applications and emerging 3D augmented/virtual reality experiences.
Bellus3D has started a public beta for the new app so third-party developers can test the application before the company finalises its formal release. Version 1.0 of Bellus3D FaceApp will be free and will include posting of 3D selfies to Facebook.
Interested users can participate in the beta trial of the Bellus3D FaceApp for the Apple iPhone X by signing up on the Bellus3D website.