Tech reporter

Loretta Marie Perera

Known to most as Rett, Loretta Marie Perera has been a writer for most of her life. What started as birthday card poetry and primary school compositions that inevitably ended with "and then we went home, tired but happy," progressed to a career in advertising where she worked as a creative copywriter in her hometown, Singapore, a lifestyle reporter in Beijing, China, and then a journalist in Moscow, Russia.

During the day, Rett enjoys talking to and writing about a variety of people and their adventures with 3D scanning — ranging from scanning people’s faces for customized healthcare, bodies for fashion design, buildings for conservation and recently — a live and kicking horse, for art.

In the night and early morning, however, Rett also continues to work on her own creative projects, which now include poetry, essays, and most of all, her first work-in-progress novel, first conceptualised on a cold and unfamiliar winter’s morning in Russia, tucked away at a tiny table in an old apartment — any writer could tell you, a more perfect setting to begin a novel would be hard to find.

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It started during a no-contact lockdown. Now, every Saturday Night Live host is scanned with Artec Space Spider

To best create lifelike and incredibly specific facial props, every Saturday Night Live host is scanned with Artec Space Spider.

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Using Artec 3D scanners to save all that could be saved from the world’s oldest civilization: Mesopotamia

Over decades, the Iraqi people have faced bombing, war, and destruction – and the heritage that makes up the cradle of civilization has greatly suffered, too. The challenge here was to scan these lands as part of a film made by filmmaker Ivan Erhel.

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On scanning horses and digitally presenting them as art with Artec Leo

When a scanner is used on a moving body, it receives conflicting spatial coordinates, so instead of a homogeneous shape, a three-dimensional “motion blur” is the result. In this case, digitally capturing the horses as perfectly as possible was a must.

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Digitizing the oldest colonial boat in Australia unearthed in future Sydney Metro station

If you hear about something unexpected surfacing in Australia, no one would blame you for first thinking about some kind of wily mammal making its way into town, or an alarmingly large spider that you’d be better off leaving alone. In this case, the surprise came in the form of a boat.

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Scaling down an intricately designed 20-foot statue with Artec Leo to raise awareness of human trafficking

They say that all roads lead to Rome. And in one case, a smooth journey from Canada to the Vatican was ensured via the use of 3D scanning.

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Equipping helicopters for rescue missions, filming, surveillance, and more with Artec Eva and Space Spider

The task in this case: to equip a helicopter with a downward and diagonally facing camera for capturing aerial views of the area beneath it, for use in rescue missions and environmental surveillance, among other applications.