Microsoft Research is working on a prototype feature, using something
called Skynet UI, which might soon enable portable devices to scan
physical objects and turn them into high-quality 3D models.
process is called 3D reconstruction and when successful it can also be
leveraged to be used for 3D printing, explains Microsoft in a post on the Research
section of the website. Using the a Windows Phone device's camera,
Microsoft hopes to help users with
visual feedback and help to capture the entire surface of the physical
object as intended by the application. In the end, it is highly possible
that the captured result could generate 3D models.
that in the future, users can use their phone for scenarios like
augmented reality furniture, visualization for e-commerce
establishments, searching and recognising objects, and more.
application is being explored by three researchers from Microsoft's Asia
Research team in Beijing - Rui Cai, Jiawei Gu and Zhiwei Li.
Research team is known for working with the Windows Phone camera to make
innovative applications. Early last year, we had reported how Microsoft released a lens app called 'Blink' for Windows Phone 8
devices that allowed users to take multiple pictures in burst mode and
select the best image among them.
The Redmond giant is also
working on next-generation technology that will enable 'no-touch' phones,
tablets and televisions that can be operated from afar, without the need
to swipe them.