What is the difference between Structure Core and Structure Sensor (Mark II)?

Structure Sensor (Mark II) is built on the same underlying platform as Structure Core. Specifically, it adds support for iOS devices and the Structure SDK for iOS.

Structure Core and Structure Sensor (Mark II) are built for different purposes.

Structure Sensor (Mark II) is designed to be used on iOS products with a robust Structure SDK and many applications backing it. The Mark II and related Structure SDK is specifically designed for scanning purposes giving the developer very high-level functionality.

Structure Core is built for embedded solutions such as robotics, AR/VR, and autonomous drones. Structure Core is designed with computer vision experts in mind who are looking to unlock the raw potential of a sensor. The software development kit that is included with the Structure Core is focused on raw depth data and does not include high-level functionality, like 3d object scanning.

While we have updated our Skanect 3D scanning software to work with Structure Core, it must be tethered to the computer using a USB-C cable.

You can see a side by side comparison below:

Specs Comparison

Structure Sensor Mark 2

Structure Core

Operating Systems iOS Windows / Linux (x64, ARM) / MacOS / Android
SDK Structure SDK (for iOS) Structure SDK (Cross-Platform)
Made for iPad/iPhone yes no
USB Support USB 2.0 USB 3.0
Connector Lightning / USB-C USB-C
Visible Light Camera Not used while connected to iPad Color or wide-angle monochrome
Built-in IMU Coming soon yes
Great for iPad users, homeowners, medical pros and iOS developers Roboticists, developers, hardware hackers, researchers, and R&D.
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