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.
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:
The Precision Bracket with Aluminum Latch will arrive in a separate box, like this one:
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:
Your Structure Sensor iPad Pro Bracket should arrive with the following (shown from top to bottom):
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.
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
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:
Includes instructions for affixing and aligning the iPad Pro bracket.
Supported models: iPad (4th Generation), iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2 & 3, iPad Air
Using the included screwdriver and screws, attach Structure Sensor to the supplied bracket.
The data and charging ports on the Structure Sensor should be facing to the left as you look at the Structure Sensor and bracket.
To attach the Precision Bracket with Aluminum Latch to your iPad, start by sliding the bracket plus Structure Sensor onto the top of your iPad, making sure that the aluminum latch is in its open position.
As soon as you have firmly seated on top of your iPad, and you have ensured that the hole in the bracket is centered around the iPad camera, close the latch by pressing down on it with your thumb.
Connect the supplied Lightning cable by connecting it to your Structure Sensor first.
As shown in the above images, the wider end of the cable connects to your Structure Sensor, and the gold-colored pins should be facing up as you plug it into the Structure Sensor. Connect the other end of the cable (with the Apple Lightning connector) into your iPad.
Your Structure Sensor is now connected to your iPad!
1-1. Remove your 3rd party case from your iPad Pro, if applicable. On a clean, flat surface, place the iPad Pro face down into the Bracket Alignment Tool as shown below.
Note: Make sure the iPad Pro camera is in the corner as shown here.
Note: Make sure to keep the Alignment Tool pressed up against the iPad Pro when attaching the Bracket. This will ensure a good alignment. If the Bracket is misaligned, slowly peel it up and try to align again.
Tip 1: The edges of the Bracket should be in line with the edges on the iPad Pro in three places (as shown below). This will ensure a good calibration of the Structure Sensor.
Tip 2: The camera should be centered in the opening on the Bracket.
Tip 3: When the Bracket is assembled on to the iPad Pro, wait 5 minutes or so to allow the adhesive pads to fully grip on the iPad Pro.
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.
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: