3D scanner is a device that captures real-world object and environment. Analysis of collected data can be used to view the geometry and construct it into a 3-dimesional model. However, 3D application requires a complicated way of getting the right formula to achieve the idea. Lately, there was an amazing progress that was discovered.
In the recent research conducted by The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) , the group presented its newest invention: An application that turns ordinary Smartphone into a 3D scanner. The conference was held in Sydney, Australia.
It transformed the Smartphone into a portable 3d digital scanner, allowing users to take snap pictures by moving the phone around the object of interest and right after the few motions, it will generate a 3D model of the captured object. Now, the question is how is this possible? During the time of capturing, the app automatically records additional images and at the same time calculations are directly performed on the mobile phone. Thus, getting an instantaneous feedback time and can select additional perspectives to cover up missing parts of the rendered 3D model.
An advanced technology for every user
One of the major goals of our technology today is to make any invented applications and devices become friendly to its users. Instead of the conventional way of taking pictures, the app is created to simply make the user moves the phone around the object and 3D model appears on the screen right away. There are no calculations to do since the app itself already performs it. With the use of inertial sensor of the phone, scanning process is made easier, intuitive and vigorous. An essential advantage compared to batch-process solutions.
“Only two years ago, such software only runs on massive computers. We were able to shrink processes down on smartphone level and make then highly efficient”, says Marc Pollefeys.
Perk up 3D production industries
The app is so cool that it can determine the absolute size o the scanned 3D object, vertically and horizontally. It uses co-processor of the phone to enable faster reconstruction since it involves complex calculations of hundreds of thousands of points that were captured. It can also capture 3D faces that are best for portraits or images of people. With all of these functions, another benefit of it is that 3D rendered models can be used or visualization for later 3D printing and object replication. Using this app can make 3D modeling becomes easier and may boost the industry of 3D productions such as mini statues and replicated model of any product for promotional marketing.