Microsoft’s Mobile App Lets Users 3D-Scan Objects On The Go

The technology company is testing out an app that makes it easier for people to create their own 3D content.

Microsoft Research is working on a mobile app that lets users move their phone around an object and then create a digital 3D model ready to be sent to a 3D printer any time.

The project aims to make it easier for anyone to create or design their own 3D objects and send them to a 3D printer. As 3D printing continues to grow in popularity and 3D printers become cheaper and more accessible, the next step is for 3D content to also be easier for people to create. With the 3D scanning app, people will be able to create their own 3D content instead of downloading existing 3D models from the internet.

The app works with the cloud. It sends the 3D scans to the cloud where it is reconstructed into a 3D model and then transferred back to the app in less than a minute.

The project was demonstrated at Microsoft Research Asia during Innovation 2013 by Microsoft Research scientists Jiawei Gu, Richard Cai and Zhiwei Li.

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Sources: Microsoft ResearchGigaom

Images: Microsoft Research, jcnaour

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