Mobile Fusion: Microsoft turns any smartphone into a 3D-scanner

Mobile Fusion: Microsoft turns any smartphone into a 3D-scanner
How relevant to the future the ability to quickly and easily create 3D-objects, shows the number of projects related to the topic – starting with Google Project Tango technology to Intel Real Sense . However, not all solutions are beneficial: they often require special equipment or Internet connection. In the search for alternatives, Microsoft has produced Mobile Fusion.

This decision is interesting because the company promises to transform any smartphone without an online connection to 3D-scanner. One of the conditions – the device should be equipped with a camera. IN surprisingly easy to use. The user must remove the object of interest from all possible sides. Using these perspectives, the program will calculate the necessary for the 3D-model data. The more shots will be made on the camera, the better the image. The user can get information about the status at any time. It concerns three aspects: the images captured on the camera, the image model based on the data collected, as well as the image of the data about the depth.

A large part of the transformation of the data the camera assumes the graphics core SoC. As stated by Microsoft, it is more suitable for this kind of problems – including, therefore, in the recent past there have been major changes in performance than the CPU. It shows a comparison of three generations of iPhone (5, 5s and 6). Thus, the camera of the iPhone 5 is configured when the object is detected to 38.3, and the iPhone 6 – 32.6 s. The calculation of depth information, however, is not at 67.1 and 17.3 for c. Similarly, differences in the look reykastinge: having a resolution of 256 pixels, iPhone 5 creates a 3D-object with 81.8, and the iPhone 6 – only 24.2 seconds. Although Microsoft has not reported the details, we can assume that, in accordance with these data, a larger value for the final versions will have fast GPU, rather than with a plurality of CPU cores. However, the need and support of OpenGL ES 2.0.

Planned version for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, but their appearance in the next few weeks or even months is unlikely. On the one hand, working on an application that is far from over, on the other hand, Microsoft is not satisfied with the quality achieved. The aim is also the use of the created with the Mobile Fusion three-dimensional models in augmented reality applications and for printing on 3D-printers without further treatment.

Mobile Fusion: Microsoft turns any smartphone into a 3D-scanner updated: August 27, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis