Microsoft MobileFusion will turn your smartphone camera into a 3D scanner (video)
Microsoft wants the camera on the back of your smartphone to make more than 2D images. A new project of research laboratory of the company aims to turn the back camera of the smartphone in a 3D scanner, which automatically create 3D models – so good as to be sufficiently used for 3D printing.
In the video, researchers have used the iPhone 5S, to scan objects just by moving the phone around them. Once filming is complete, the software began to build photographed model. Some of the examples in the video seems harsh, but when you realize that the iPhone camera was never designed to do such things, the results are more than impressive.
Microsoft says there is no need for additional hardware to become one iPhone – or other smartphone into 3D scanner. This perhaps is the company’s answer to Project Tango of Google. For comparison Project Tango using additional hardware including application tracking camera and depth sensor, which maps the world around you. These additional sensors at Tango will probably lead to better results, but Microsoft say that their method need only one camera.
Microsoft’s project is called MobileFusion and developers currently trying to get him to work under iOS, Android and Windows Phone. For now there is no information when this technology will become available to the general public.
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