Could the iPhone 7 Become an Effective 3D Scanner?

Rumors suggest that the upcoming iPhone 7 may include a feature that could enable it to be a 3D scanner. 

According to a report on MacRumors, industry analysts suggest the new model may include a “dual lens camera system”. This speculation is driven by Apple’s previous acquisition of LinX, who developed a multi-aperture camera. 

There are many advantages to a dual aperture camera, particularly when combined with a fast processor, which could combine information from dual images to develop superior images with greater brightness, higher dynamic range and more. The configuration can even offer new features, such as a way to provide a digital zoom that doesn’t suck.

But what we’re most interested in is the 3D capability of a dual lens arrangement. Two lenses looking at the same object can obtain 3D information. This information could then be used to create a digital 3D model of a subject. 

In fact, LinX has previously demonstrated this capability, as shown at top. It’s actually a depth camera, which shows the depth of an object from a stationary position. 

With some sophisticated software, a depth camera can easily become a 3D scanner by simply combining multiple static depth images together: walk around a subject taking depth images and produce a 3D model!

If the iPhone 7 does include a dual lens system, you can bet some companies will very quickly create a usable 3D scanner app. 

Check the App Store in December. 

Via MacRumors

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!