Microsoft has been funding breakthrough researches in the field of technology. The latest project is an application called MobileFusion, which turns your mobile phone into a 3D scanner.
The Microsoft Research, titled “MobileFusion: Real-time Volumetric Surface Reconstruction and Dense Tracking On Mobile Phones,” is authored by Peter Ondruska, Pushmeet Kohli, and Shahram Izadi.
Unlike other 3D scanning methods, MobileFusion doesn't require expensive equipment; any mobile device can capture high-quality 3D images in real-time. More importantly, it doesn't need an Internet connection to operate.
This feature is important because it will allow researchers and publishers to continue their work in remote locations that don't have 3G/4G and Wi-Fi access. The authors say that the scans can be used for things like 3D printing and augmented reality video games.
Ordinary people can also utilize the technology to scan images, people, and places and share them with their friends and family. MobileFusion can even be used to scan consumer goods that are sold online, says Shahram Izadi, the principal researcher at Microsoft Research.
"What this system effectively allows us to do is to take something similar to a picture, but it's a full 3D object," said Peter Ondruska, who co-authored the project while working as an intern at Microsoft Research.
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MobileFusion will be showcased at the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality in October, which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan. For now, the esteemed researchers are working hard to ensure that the app will work seamlessly on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.