Microsoft always had a thing about developing some oddball technologies, which are then used for… whatever, really. We already know that they’ve got an interest in depth-sensing cameras (witness the Kinect and its sequel) and now they’ve got something a bit… different on the way.

This is MobileFusion, a 3D scanning technology that makes use of nothing but the camera attached to a cellular phone to create an impromptu 3D model of an object (or person) which can then be included in an augmented reality game or even 3D printed.

This isn’t a pipe-dream either, the video above will give you a very practical demonstration of the scanning tech in action. Whether you’re scanning people or detailed models, MobileFusion looks like it could make gamers and hobbyist printers very, very happy.

Source: Microsoft Research (YouTube)

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