With news that Sony is set to unveil its latest 3D scanning smartphone technology at Mobile World Congress Shanghai this week, we take a look at some of the other recent developments in this field. Californian company Scanse has announced a new DIY LiDAR 3D scanning kit add-on to its original 2D scanner – Sweep. While elsewhere in New Orleans, mobile 3D scanning specialist Scandy is developing a 3D object scanner using Google’s Tango technology.
As well as the new 3D feature, there have been tweaks to the predictive capture feature on the camera, too (now on be default in the settings), which not only detects movement but also smiles. This means that when you take a shot the phones’ cameras will present you with four images: one you took plus three more it thinks might be better or the shot you were after but missed. It focuses on scanning faces for now, which is becoming increasingly popular for use as personalized avatars in games and VR/AR applications. Scanning looks like this:
So it’s actually Mobile Photogrammetry technology, accelerated by real-time feature tracking and progress guidance — both very needed to introduce newcomers to 3D scanning. This is not a new approach since it’s present in the TRNIO 3D scanning App for iOS and a tech demo from Seene which was acquired by the developer of SnapChat last year.
But it’s the first time this technology is really made available to consumers, complete with a dedicated product page about 3D capture instead of the strict AR-focus we’ve seen with other brands and devices.