Getting Started with your Structure Sensor

Congrats on your new Structure Sensor! We're sure you're eager to start exploring Structure Sensor's capabilities. To help you get the most out of your experience, we've put together this quick start guide to help familiarize you with this advanced accessory.

What's in the box?

Structure Sensor

Structure Sensors purchased directly from the Official Structure Sensor Store will arrive in a gift box, like so:

Structure Sensors purchased from Amazon.com will arrive already assembled, in a new "bento box" style, which doubles as a carrying case for your Structure Sensor, bracket, and cables:

Regardless of where it was purchased, your Structure Sensor should arrive with the following:

  • One Structure Sensor
  • One Lightning cable
  • One Power Adapter
  • One magnetic screwdriver
  • Eight (8) M1.6 screws
  • One user manual

Precision Bracket with Aluminum Latch

The Precision Bracket with Aluminum Latch will arrive in a separate box, like this one:

Pictured: Original Precision Bracket with Aluminum Latch packaging.

Precision Brackets with Aluminum Latch for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4 will arrive in a "bento box" style, which doubles as a carrying case for your assembled Structure Sensor, bracket, and cables:

Pictured: Newer, bento-style, Precision Bracket with Aluminum Latch packaging.

Structure Sensor Bracket For iPad Pro

Your Structure Sensor iPad Pro Bracket should arrive with the following (shown from top to bottom):

  • One Bracket Alignment Tool
  • One Structure Sensor Base Plate
  • One Bracket

Visit the Forums

Now that you're unboxed, why not visit the official Structure Sensor & Structure SDK Forums? The forums are a great resource for showing off your latest project, finding community-based solutions, and getting the latest info on Structure SDK releases. Posting to these forums is currently restricted to Structure Sensor owners, but anyone can read them. If your Structure Sensor has shipped, you've already been emailed a forum invitation with the subject "[Structure Sensor] Your forum invitation is inside." If you do not have this email, please contact support.

Charging your Structure Sensor

To preserve the battery life of your iPad, Structure Sensor has its own internal battery. Charging your Structure Sensor's battery is simple: Connect the supplied Power Adapter to the barrel jack (aka the rounded port) on the side of the Structure Sensor, and then plug the other end into any standard 2-pronged wall outlet as found in the United States (if you're outside of the US or Canada, you will need to use an appropriate adapter).

An LED indicator on the Structure Sensor's glass face will pulse when your Structure Sensor's battery is charging. As soon as your battery is completely charged, the LED indicator will stop pulsing and instead will stay on until you disconnect the AC charger.

In addition to connecting your Structure Sensor to any USB 2.0-compatible device, the USB Hacker Cable can also be used to charge your Structure Sensor and will charge the battery more quickly than the standard Power Adapter. USB Hacker Cables are available in the accessories section of the Structure Sensor Store.

Connecting Structure Sensor to your iPad

Step 1 — Attaching your Structure Sensor to the bracket

How to attach your sensor depends on what type of bracket you're using. For iPad compatibility information, see the support article titled "What iPads can I use Structure Sensor with?". Choose your bracket type below:

Using Structure Sensor with a non-iOS Device

While the Structure Sensor has been carefully designed to work exceptionally well with iOS devices, it has also been designed to work with a wide range of other devices and platforms, including Android devices, Windows, macOS and laptop/desktop computers.

To use Structure Sensor with any of these alternative platforms, you will need the USB Hacker Cable as well as OpenNI 2 drivers, which can be downloaded on our OpenNI 2 page. More information on using the Structure Sensor with OpenNI 2 drivers can be found in the Structure Sensor and SDK Forums.

USB Hacker Cable

The USB Hacker Cable is an accessory for Structure Sensor. However, it's much more than just a USB cable; it unlocks a number of capabilities already built in to your Structure Sensor.

First and foremost, the Hacker Cable will allow the Structure Sensor to stream 3D data to compatible USB Host devices, such as select Android mobile devices and laptop/desktop machines using macOS, Windows or Linux operating systems.

When connected to a compatible USB device, the Hacker Cable also lets the Structure Sensor:

  • Accept power for active use without using its internal battery
  • Charge Structure Sensor's internal battery more quickly than the Power Adapter