"What this system effectively allows us to do is to take something similar to a picture, but it's a full 3D object," said Peter Ondruska, a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University who worked on the project while he was an intern.
The system doesn't need any extra hardware or even an Internet connection to work. "Everything happens on the phone itself," said Pushmeet Kohli, a principal research scientist with Microsoft Research.
Scans taken with the app are high quality enough to be printed or used in augmented reality video games. Microsoft sees people using the MobileFusion to scan things they see on vacation or perhaps scan items they want to sell online.
MobileFusion will be presented in early October at the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality.
Take a look at the video below to see how the app works.
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