Sebastiaan de With of the Halide app team has just posted about the strengths and weaknesses of the 2020 iPad Pro’s back-side sensors, most notable the LIDAR sensor:
While this new LIDAR sensor isn’t something that is (currently) able to augment our ‘traditional’ photography, it opens the door to new applications that are powerful and creativity-enabling in their own right.
This is a tool for room-scale geometry capture, and the LIDAR dots just aren’t numerous enough to be used as a source in photographs. (You’d be better off calculating the parallax from the two rear cameras.) But I admire the team’s attempts to figure out how the LIDAR scanner works and imagine its possible applications.
—Linked by Jason Snell