In this edition of Futuris, we look at whether our smartphones can help to create sophisticated 3D models. In a World where smartphones, sensors and cameras are everywhere, researchers dream of using their mobile phones differently. They want to turn them into active makers of 3D computer models.
Michael Wimmer is a computer scientist with the Harvest 4D project “The reconstruction of 3D-models is very expensive nowadays,” he told Euronews. “One reason is that very costly equipment has to be used. Also, you have to plan exactly where to put those instruments in order to be able to really create all parts of a model. In this project we are trying to make reconstructions much easier, not with expensive instruments, but with ordinary mobile phones for example or digital cameras which everyone has.” After complex mathematical calculations, still photos are rendered into 3D models. VIDEO