Cutting edge app turns smartphones into 3D scanners

Cutting edge app turns smartphones into 3D scanners

3D tech is aiming at mobile for its next widely accessible step towards the looming 3D revolution. This new app was developed by The Computer Vision and Geometry Lab of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). They have developed a program that allows users to scan objects with their phone and generate a spatially accurate rendering. The app works by slowly moving the camera around a chosen object and the technology generates a complete digital model by stitching images together.

The ’3D scanning app’ is not actually a new technology and has been previously developed by companies like Autodesk and, the more social, Seene. What is really revolutionary about this new app is two important features that utilize the phone’s GPU (graphics processing unit): First, this technology understands the size of the scanned object. That is, a file can be printed to-scale as it can differentiate between a ten-foot object and a ten-inch object. Second, unlike previous apps, it scans and stitches objects in real-time. This allows you to find problem areas and move the camera intentionally to complete the form.

Unfortunately, we don’t get to try it out ourselves because the ETHZ scanning app is currently patent pending. Until then, be sure to check out the demo video below to see the app in action!

App turns smartphones into 3D scanners
App turns smartphones into 3D scanners
App turns smartphones into 3D scanners
App turns smartphones into 3D scanners
App turns smartphones into 3D scanners
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