Microsoft is working on an app that uses multiple images of an object to build a full 3D model. So that’d be the good kind of 3D, as opposed to LG Optimus 3D-style gimmickry.
To create a 3D model of a car, say, you’d have to take around 40 photos from various angles. The shots are then uploaded to a cloud server, where the 3D model is created and sent back to the phone. You can then spin the object around and view it from any angle.
The technology will be available to PC-owning digital camera users too. Microsoft researcher Eric Stollnitz explains: "We want everybody with a cell phone or regular digital camera to be able to capture 3-D objects."
And it’s not just a cool idea; there’ll be practical applications for the app too. "You could be selling an item online, taking a picture of a friend for fun, or recording something for insurance purposes," suggests Stollnitz. "These 3-D scans take up less bandwidth than a video because they are based on only a few images, and are also interactive."
No word yet on when we might see the app on iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS or – what’s the other one again? Ahh yeah – Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.
via: Technology Review