2014.06 – 3D point clouds from conventional Smartphones

I was really interested on this new application from my colleagues of the Computer Vision and Geometry Lab of ETH Zurich. They developed an application for smartphone that turns mobile-captured images into 3D point clouds. The user simply moves the phone around the object of interest aiming to maximize the common points between both images and a big enough parallax to obtain the relief. The point cloud is processed using Structure From Motion algorithms, with the aid of the internal sensors of the mobile phone.

I wish I could have a Beta tester version to show to my friend and colleagues on the go, when I’m trying to explain them the meaning of what a point cloud is  🙂

More info here: https://www.ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/media-information/media-releases/2013/12/smartphone-as-scanner.html

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Antonio Abellan

Hello!, My name is Antonio Abellan, I am a research and teaching assistant at the Risk Analysis group, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Lausanne (Switzerland). My research focuses upon the 3D study of different natural hazards in Alpine, Permafrost and Polar environments.... you can take a look at my profile here: http://3d-landslide.com/about-me/

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