ETH zurich transforms android smartphones into 3D scanners
ETH zurich transforms android smartphones into 3D scanners
dec 11, 2013

ETH zurich transforms android smartphones into 3D scanners

ETH zurich transforms android smartphones into 3D scanners
all images © institute for visual computing / ETH zurich




researchers from the computer vision and geometry lab of ETH zurich have developed an application for android operating systems that turns an ordinary smartphone into a mobile 3D scanner. rather than taking a regular photograph, a user simply moves the phone around the object of interest and after a few motions, a three dimensional model appears on the screen. as the user keeps moving, additional images are recorded automatically, extending the wireframe of the virtual object. as all calculations are programmed into the software, the user gets immediate feedback and can select additional viewpoints to cover missing parts of the rendering. the system utilizes the inertial sensors of the phone, extracting the camera views in real-time based on kinetic motion capture. the resulting 360 degree model can be used for visualization or augmented reality applications, or rapid prototyping with CNC machines and 3D printers.



turning mobile phones into 3D scanners
video courtesy güven kahveci



ETH zurich transforms android smartphones into 3D scanners

the resulting virtual model can be used for 3D printing



ETH zurich transforms android smartphones into 3D scanners

a user can capture a 3D model of a museum piece and interactively study it at home later



ETH zurich transforms android smartphones into 3D scanners

the technology also allows the 3D capture of faces

  • the link on the site takes you to an app that only allows 2 photos to be taken, and does not match the app in the video

    David says:
  • the link given shows comments that simply said a lot of work need to be done with the software.
    is it still a beta version from 2010?

    Adzakael says:
  • amazing!

    Jacobus Kai says:
  • The link to the app is wrong, that is an old app. It doesn´t work properly.
    this new app is not available yet.

    maria says:
  • Excellent.
    The power of today’s smartphones is so great, the mathematics of anything is so easily achieveable.
    No wonder they can see the end of the PC coming.

    mackenzie collins says:
  • Designboom,
    Are you sure the app that you linked to is the same app that ETH is developing?

    charlie says:
  • Have you seen 123D Catch Autodesk app that as I understand do the same.

    gere says:
  • Nice Very Nice

    Smartphones application says:

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