WASHINGTON: Microsoft's research lab has announced a new technology that will make smartphone's rear camera work like a 3D scanner that can automatically create 3D models that are supposed to be adequate for printing.
According to the Verge, researchers use an iPhone 5S in a demo video to scan objects just by moving the phone around them without any additional hardware. The phone tracks the object that is being captured and then builds up a model as the camera captures it from different angles.
Microsoft says that no additional hardware is needed to turn the iPhone or other smartphones into a 3D scanner. The computation is all done on the phone.
The project is called MobileFusion and researchers are currently trying to get it running on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.