• According to Microsoft, its technique doesn't require any extra hardware -- or even an internet connection, opening up uses for scientists and researchers in remote regions. All the processing happens on the phone itself, and the resulting scans are "high-quality enough" to be used for applications such as 3D printing or virtual reality.
  • Microsoft's been a leader in commercial depth-sensing and 3D scanning since it first released the Kinect. The way that Microsoft's MobileFusion works is through an algorithm that allows a traditional camera to act like a 3D scanner, taking multiple images in quick succession.
  • "What this system effectively allows us to do is to take something similar to a picture, but it's a full 3D object," one of the researchers said. Eventually, it should be available for your mobile device, but there are no firm plans for release at the moment.

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