MobileFusion: Research project turns regular mobile phone into 3D scanner

MobileFusion: Research project turns regular mobile phone into 3D scanner

Posted by Allison Linn

3D scans with mobile phones

A new Microsoft Research project lets people to create high-quality 3D images in real time, using a regular mobile phone, with about the same effort it takes to snap a picture or capture a video.

"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 at Microsoft Research.

The researchers say the system, called MobileFusion, is better than other methods for 3D scanning with a mobile device because it doesn't need any extra hardware, or even an Internet connection, to work. That means scientists in remote locations or hikers deep in the woods can capture their surroundings using a regular cell phone without a Wi-Fi connection.

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Microsoft researchers accelerate computer vision accuracy and improve 3D scanning models

Microsoft researchers accelerate computer vision accuracy and improve 3D scanning models

Posted by George Thomas Jr.

CVPR Boston

You may already have heard about the Microsoft technology that can automatically identify objects in a picture and write an accurate caption for it, but those types of research advancements don't occur in a vacuum.

Indeed, interdisciplinary research combining computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer systems and networking are just some of Microsoft's research areas at the core of the burgeoning field commonly referred to as "deep learning," and fundamental to Microsoft's mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.

Deep learning also is fundamental to a bevy of research being presented this week at the 28th IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in Boston.

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