Occipital is an extremely clever product which mounts onto the camera of an iPad to map the environment in 3D. There are countless applications for a mobile device which can sense the world in three dimensions. Homeowners can use it to quickly model a room with precise dimensions and experiment with different furniture arrangements. Game developers can use it to place virtual objects which interact with real-world environments. All of this is made possible because Occipital is participating in a trend of open source hardware which is changing the way that startups operate.