Let me ask you a question. Have you seen a 3D printer before? It's pretty cool if you ask me. We had a 3D printer in the office last year. Well, it's not really ours to begin with since it was only there for an exhibit  Anyway, prepare to get your minds blown because 3D scanning can already be done from your smartphone. I know I can't believe it either. The new technology from Microsoft Research Lab dubbed MobileFusion allows actual 3D scanning without the need for additional hardware. I suggest you to watch the video below to see for yourself.

 

 

Source: Microsoft Research

 

3D scanning never looked so easy with the help of this app. All you have to do is to walk around an object and scan it to your phone. How does this work exactly? I'm telling you now that it's about to get technical here so please bare with me. To create 3D scans, it first captures the RGB data in an environment, then takes a stereo depth map as you make a 360 degree turn around an item to capture all angles.

 

You can practically use this anytime even without an internet connection. Given that it takes awhile for you to scan something, researchers suggests that stationary people or objects work best to create 3D scans. The cool thing about this is that it renders the scan instantaneously once it's completed. Once you're happy with the rendered 3D image, you can view, share or print the 3D model.

 

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