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Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

In early October, researchers will show off Microsoft’s new MobileFusion technology, a project that enables an ordinary smartphone to serve as a 3D scanner. MobileFusion is notable for a number of reasons: it doesn’t require any special attachments, nor does it require an Internet connection, and it is something any smartphone user could utilize. Most present day smartphones are powerful enough to use the 3D scanning system, with the phone’s camera being the starting point of that system and an algorithm doing the rest of the work.

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Intel Tango phone hands-on: Android RealSense

Intel Tango phone hands-on: Android RealSense

Intel's RealSense 3D camera technology always seemed like a natural bedfellow with Google's Project Tango, and sure enough they've met up at IDF 2015. The Android phablet isn't expected to ship for developers until the end of the year, but Intel brought along a handful of prototypes - along with some apps to make use of them - to its annual event, which is where I caught up with the smartphones to see what's new.

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Android Vulkan will actually make use of newer, more powerful phones

Android Vulkan will actually make use of newer, more powerful phones

This week the folks at Google behind developer support for Android have pushed for a much more optimized environment for 3D rendering. Not 3D printing - not anything having to do with creating real world objects - but 3D graphics. Inside Android, developers will now have access to a system called Vulkan, a method which lowers overhead and makes the graphics workload move to the graphics processor, where it should be. This opens up the CPU for quicker loads and better optimization of apps on the whole.

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Here’s what Honda’s new R&D hub in the Valley is working on

Here’s what Honda’s new R&D hub in the Valley is working on

You're nobody in automotive these days without a flashy R&D center in Silicon Valley, and Honda is stepping up its game as it cooks up new semi-autonomous driving, green engine, and smart car technologies. While it's not Honda's first footprint in the Valley - that happened back in 2000 - it's certainly the biggest play from the firm, with the new facility the company's largest research & development site outside of Japan. The fruits of the new center will eventually trickle down to production cars, but Honda gave us a sneak peek of what it's been working on.

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Raspberry Pi 2, Kinect make for a handy 3D scanner

Raspberry Pi 2, Kinect make for a handy 3D scanner

Microsoft may have hit on a mixed jackpot with the Kinect. While Xbox gamers might consider it a very optional, sometimes even unwanted, accessory, makers and tinkerers have flocked to it for how it made 3D scanning technology available the masses at an affordable price. However, it requires to be connected either to an Xbox or to a PC in order to function, which puts hard limits on its portability. But throw in a Raspberry Pi 2 into the mix, one of the most portable computers around, and you're good to go. Literally.

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HP Sprout adds 3D scanning turntable for DIYers

HP Sprout adds 3D scanning turntable for DIYers

HP's oddball all-in-one PC, the Sprout, is gaining a rotating turntable accessory to enable 3D scanning. Priced at $299, the 3D Capture Stage will land alongside a scanning software update that, together, will allow Sprout users to turn physical objects into digital versions that can be manipulated in all dimensions. Meanwhile, a deal with Dremel will make producing 3D prints of such items more straightforward, too.

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New Apple patents reveal 3D display with eye-tracking, compact cellular hotspot

New Apple patents reveal 3D display with eye-tracking, compact cellular hotspot

Two new patent applications filed by Apple that reveal possible new products or features were published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. While these kind of filings are rarely a clear indication of what the company is planning, we have seen a few patents in the past, such as the TouchID fingerprint scanner, directly make their way into new products. The new patents are for a display that can show both 2D and 3D images at the same time, along with eye-tracking, and a unique looking portable cellular hotspot.

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Final Cut X, Motion, Compressor apps updated with 3D in mind

Final Cut X, Motion, Compressor apps updated with 3D in mind

Editing film via OS X is dead simple with iMovie, but some need more than Apple’s core software can provide. For that, there’s Final Cut Pro X, Apple’s more robust (and expensive) video editing software. Today, the company is announcing some upgrades to the software, which should make ‘prosumers’ quite happy. With version 10.2, Final Cut Pro X has some flashy new 3D titles, and updates to the Motion and Compressor software make using all three a much richer experience.

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Google’s Project Tango sales “opening up more broadly”

Google’s Project Tango sales “opening up more broadly”

The public may very well be able to get their hands on a Project Tango tablet in the near future with an update coming down today. Those that've reserved this 3D-scanning tablet as a developer but have not chosen to purchase as of yet are receiving an email today which suggests that Google is "opening up sales more broadly" so those that've reserved a unit should go ahead and jump in now. They've also given the half-price special to these users, just as they did for developers attending Project Tango sessions at GTC 2015.

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Google expands online museum with 3D objects

Google expands online museum with 3D objects

The Google Art Project expands online today with a collection of more than 200 objects displayed in full 3D. These objects are available - to the public - to be rotated and zoomed in on, allowing users to get up close and personal with them in ways never before possible, online or off. Oddities and rare pieces of artwork can now be turned around and inspected from all angles, all thanks to 3D scanning technology Google is now making available to museums around the world for free.

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