Microsoft's MobileFusion app turns your phone into a 3D scanner


An Microsoft app enables you to create 3D scans in seconds with your smartphone good enough for a 3D printer or to be used in video games. The MobileFusion app, developed by Microsoft Research, does not even require any extra hardware or internet connection, Tech Times reported.


“Everything happens on the phone itself,” said Pushmeet Kohli, a principal research scientist with Microsoft Research. The results are images detailed enough for a 3D printer or for instant sharing on social media.

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. The company has no plans yet for release but the intention is to make it available to the general public eventually.

The 3D model is instantaneously captured on the user’s cell phone, with the system refining it as it is being built, all in a matter of seconds.