Can I use Structure Sensor outdoors?

Like other depth sensors that use infrared light, Structure Sensor itself is not made to work outdoors. Specifically, ambient infrared light from direct sunlight interferes with its operation. As a result, we don't generally recommend Canvas for outdoor projects.

You can learn more about how Structure Sensor works here.

That said, we have seen people use Canvas outdoors — mainly for working on home exteriors. If you do want to try using Canvas outdoors, we recommend doing one of the following:

  • Scanning around dusk
  • Scanning on an overcast day
  • Putting up some sort of cover or tarp to block out direct sunlight to the sensor
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