Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Google Rumored To Be Making 3D-Scanning Tablets

timothy posted about 5 months ago | from the how-much-is-that-doggie-in-the-window-volumetrically dept.

Google 55

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google may be planning to commoditze 3-D scanning by building the tech of its Project Tango project (essentially, thus far, a phone-sized handheld with 3-D sensing capabilities) into tablets. The Register speculates: "Given that Google has already announced the Project Tango smartphone, it seems likely that it would extend the technology to tablets, and the seven-inch form factor would tie in nicely with the existing Nexus 7 design. ...Google is hoping that developers can build applications to use the scanning capabilities of the Tango hardware. Suggested topics include providing guides for visually impaired people, building gaming maps based on actual rooms, and possibly augmenting Google Maps with interior details – Street View becoming Home View perhaps?" Setting aside what brand it might bear, how would you employ a portable 3-D scanner?

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47082501)

obviously

3D dick picks (5, Funny)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 5 months ago | (#47082551)

In before flood of 3D dick pics.

3D dick picks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47082585)

Imagine what chatroulette will be like on this thing.

"Hmm let me chat with a stran - Ah, get that thing out of my face!"

Re:3D dick picks (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 5 months ago | (#47083003)

Imagine what chatroulette will be like on this thing.

My, how totally retro you are!

Re:3D dick picks (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47083039)

Pervs will be taking surreptitious images of women on subways, then making sex dolls at home. Creepiness abounds.

Re:Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47086475)

it's just another way for google to spy on users to sell their data

Another step forward for Big Brother (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47082535)

Don't they have enough data already?

Another step forward for Big Brother (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47082625)

Yeah, but the NSA demands more more more, so Google bends over to please its master (and just so you don't think I'm a fanboy, Apple, Microsoft do it too)

Archaeological sites (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47082593)

... for one example. for others:
Broken parts.
Design with the parts on hand.
Historical buildings and sites.
3d printer corrections.

Re:Archaeological sites (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47082815)

I'm an architectural historian working at an archaeological firm. This would be great technology. We had a LIDAR scanner in school that could create a 3d image of a room. It was tens of thousands of dollars and was hard to set-up, and it produced lots of pieces that had to be stitched together in AutoCAD. Being able to scan a room with my phone and then take it home so when I'm writing, I have a reference like that would be amazing. And you could you use it to build virtual tours of historic buildings or provide models for people redoing similar historic buildings or as teaching tools. The applications would be too numerous to list.

Re: Archaeological sites (1)

InternetMedicine.com (3665521) | about 5 months ago | (#47083089)

Not to mention medical applications

Home... view...? No. Just... no. (3, Insightful)

KitFox (712780) | about 5 months ago | (#47082617)

After all the ruckus about street view accidentally peering into windows, I don't think "Home View" would be a good idea.

That being said, the technology showcase demo indicated a relatively limited range. If they can overcome that - not dramatically mind you, but the ability to scan 10-20 meters instead of just about two or three - then the ability to build things nearly instantly into 3D space can be useful. Augmented reality situations also become much more immersive as the augmentation can react to its surroundings more effectively.

Re:Home... view...? No. Just... no. (2)

peragrin (659227) | about 5 months ago | (#47082713)

3D printing will need to get to a higher quality before home users will get involved. Much higher resolution in the pieces. Maybe a variable print head so that material can be made smaller or larger as needed.

What gets me is if the tech is small enough to go into a tablet. Then it is small enough for a drone. Add in a laser range finder and you could scan and map a house quickly. Military would like that. However remodeling homes and businesses would love it. Tie the output into the unreal engine and you could redesign and then walk through a home remodel.

Re:Home... view...? No. Just... no. (1)

Rei (128717) | about 5 months ago | (#47082823)

Professional 3d printing services already have quality in spades. As I wrote elsewhere, I've used iMaterialize, and there was absolutely nothing lacking in quality, it was very professional (pricing on metals could certainly use improvement, mind you, and their wait time definitely does... but there's no shortage on the quality department). Go to google images and punch in the name of some of the big 3d printing services and take a look at what people are making or use some of the manufacturers' galleries where users can show off and/or sell their creations. It's really an imagination-limited endeavour now, not a technology-limited one.

As for home printing.... Remember, in the olden days, it was the same with digital photo printing. Home photo printing sucked and was too expensive, so people just sent their photos off to professional services to get printed. Come to think of, it's still kinda like that....

Re:Home... view...? No. Just... no. (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 5 months ago | (#47082987)

More likely we will see a mixed market - just as you do in 2D printing. Most people don't want to set up a printer for digital prints - it's a hassle and requires some level of skill and involvement. Others might find it worthwhile.

I doubt 3D printing will ever be ubiquitous in the home / SOHO space, but there will be plenty of professional services, ranging from simple to wildly complex. There will be multiple price and quality points that will change over time. I have a pretty high end printer for photos that I use pretty often. I keep looking at 3D printing, but the value for me isn't there (I have a CNC milling machine and I'm not afraid to use it....).

But I keep watching. Sooner or later my wife will be dismayed (yet again) to find some giant box deposited on the doorstep. Or perhaps not. Maybe the professional services will just be better in terms of price, quality and flexibility for quite some time. I rather expect that to be the case until and unless someone comes up with a printer that can handle a wide variety of materials. Stay tuned.

Re:Home... view...? No. Just... no. (1)

Rei (128717) | about 5 months ago | (#47083175)

At least for metals, I think it's going to be a good while before it's practical in the home. Most 3d metal printing is lost wax casting, which means that you're actually dealing with casting molten metal, and all the hassle that entails to do it right. iMaterialize has one direct printed metal tech - laser sintering of titanium - which yields great results but it's super-expensive and slow. I don't think your CNC milling machine is in any danger of getting kicked off of the workbench any time soon ;)

Re:Home... view...? No. Just... no. (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 5 months ago | (#47082955)

3D printing will need to get to a higher quality before home users will get involved. Much higher resolution in the pieces.

Have you used a modern 3D printer? The resolution is much better than even a few years ago. The quality is very good. The reason home users are not involved is not quality, but the fact that most people actually have little need for custom one-off parts. Certainly not enough need to justify spending $1000 on a fabricator. Rather than a 3D printer in every home, it is more likely they will be available for on-demand use at Kinkos or Staples.

Re:Home... view...? No. Just... no. (1)

Rei (128717) | about 5 months ago | (#47083397)

Agree 100% with everything you wrote. Good 3d printing absolutely is here today. But to offer a full range of manufacturing possibilities - some of which require skilled labor in prep and postprocessing, and all of which involve real capital investment - it's quite fair to say that home 3d printing is not here except for a very tiny subset of users.

The day where every town has at least one convenient place you can go that will 3d print stuff for you with a wide range of options and excellent quality may not be far off. Snap a 3d picture of your friend's earrings, send to the store's printing app, and pop on down to pick them up or have them mailed to you - that day may well be coming. The day where your average person can "star trek replicator" whip up whatever they want in their own home, unfortunately, is nowhere close at hand.

I truly think there's potential for whoever leads the way on this to make absurd amounts of money. Imagine that Google releases free smartphone/tablet-integrated 3d scanning with a nice set of 3d editing tools (from simple filters/tweaks to full-featured modeling - Google already has an excellent starting point) and built-in functionality to print using a Google-run service (using an expansive definition of "print"; it could involve any number of manufacturing techniques). Lets say that this service automatically sets up mass production for anything ordered in bulk and lets you pay to pre-setup mass production, even mass delivery, if you want. The key is that Google wouldn't need to actually do any of the physical work themselves. They can contract out every stage, they just need to make the software/hardware stack for the user. If you have a single, simple process pipeline for scanning in existing objects, tweaking them in 3d as desired to meet your specs, ordering and assembling (if necessary) prototypes, and then getting them mass produced and delivered at whatever scale you need, and it's all preinstalled for free on your consumer-level smartphone or tablet... I mean, that's a *really* tempting target for small businesses.

If a company like Google could earn even a fraction of a percent of the sales value for providing that level of integration, it could be a gold mine. If you're Bob's Bargain-Basement Bikes and you need a bracket for a new design that bends like this, but you can only find brackets available that bend like that, that, or that, and all you need to do to get your desired bracket for your prototype is take a picture of the not-quite-right thing, bend the model in the app, order it, and they send it right to your shop... and you can tweak it as needed and get new ones shipped as needed until it's right, then order ten thousand of them produced from some factory in a city in China you've never heard of for the same sort of pricing any other part you'd get in bulk would cost... I mean, that's huge. If you're running the gift shop at a reptile park and want 100 brass alligator-shaped candle holders, if you're running a cake decorating service and want frosting tips shaped like Icelandic letters, if you're in charge of maintaining a unit on an old chemical plant and the failing cooling riffles haven't been manufactured in over 30 years, whatever the case may be... and all you need to do is pull out your phone, snap a 3d pic of something similar, possibly make a few tweaks in a user friendly app, and whatever you want will be shipped to your doorstep in whatever quantity you want at competitive prices... I mean, that's huge.

Re:Home... view...? No. Just... no. (1)

Graydyn Young (2835695) | about 5 months ago | (#47091917)

The Home View idea could be nice for the real estate industry.

Mmmm (3, Funny)

nospam007 (722110) | about 5 months ago | (#47082637)

I'd scan my school interior, post it to a 3d-shooter site under my nemesis' name and wait for the cops to show up at his door.

Re:Mmmm (1)

qbast (1265706) | about 5 months ago | (#47082647)

Disturbing thing is that it would be reason enough for cops visit.

Re:Mmmm (1)

Bite The Pillow (3087109) | about 4 months ago | (#47087085)

Celebrities at the beach sunbathing. I could finally start my famous people touchable ass and boob collection for the socially inept.

what about poop scanning toilet paper? (0)

alen (225700) | about 5 months ago | (#47082659)

that way google will know what i eat all the time and advertise accordingly

Porn (1)

should_be_linear (779431) | about 5 months ago | (#47082663)

I would definitely love to see this used in porn, I just don't know how yet...

Re:Porn (1)

Thruen (753567) | about 5 months ago | (#47082749)

Combine it with this [vice.com] and dreams start to come true, scan yourself in first for added realism and then move on to scan in women you want to have virtual sex with! Obviously they'd need some method of simulating the nude version of a woman, as it's unlikely you'll find many willing to undress for a 3D scanning, but the future of cyber sex could be amazing. Amazingly invasive, too, but wouldn't it be worth it?

Imagine, in just a few short years, I could be banging your wife!

Re:Porn (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 5 months ago | (#47082997)

Uh. Thanks. I think. Although I really should know better than to click on a 'vice.com' link, I'm going to have to go rinse my brain out.

No, it's SFW, just not .... safe. Sometimes these sorts of concepts should wait until later.

Re:Porn (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 5 months ago | (#47083009)

SFW. Let me clarify that. I'd really wait until you get home or at least somewhere no one is liable to scan your browser logs.

Of course, the NSA already knows about your little perversions, so no worry there. It's your boss and the sysadmins that you have to worry about.

Re:Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47083119)

Naked 3D body scans [vimeo.com] are already a thing.

Besides 3d printing? (5, Interesting)

Rei (128717) | about 5 months ago | (#47082681)

Setting aside what brand it might bear, how would you employ a portable 3-D scanner?

You mean besides the fact that this would be THE enabling technology to finally make 3d printing a realistic option for average home users?

If it works well enough (for example, would let you stitch together shots from different angles, so you're not just modeling the fronts of objects), think of what that would mean. Take your 3d image of, say, a broken part. Possibly apply a filter or two to it, like "Rust remover" or "Glue pieces together". Click "Share" like with photos on android, and you're given a list of everything that can take a 3d model. One example could be an email to yourself so you can print at home. Or, for most people, an app for companies like iMaterialize, or perhaps a new service owned by Google. Pick your material (metals, plastics, ceramics, rubber, etc) and other print options, possibly pay for a rush order if you need it fast... and you're charged as if buying a song, it's dispatched, printed, and comes right to your house in the mail.

Another "Share" option could be a 3d model gallery (a "3d Flickr" or whatnot), with the default license set to public domain so anyone else can download. Suddenly there's a huge influx of searchable, free 3d models of almost anything you can imagine online. People could also restrict their models or charge for high-res versions of their models. Such a service could have convenient button to send an online model to a 3d printing service. Smart 3d printing services would keep track of how often given models are being downloaded and automatically launch the set up various degrees of mass production for the most commonly printed ones, lowering their prices. Anyone who expects high volume on a part could prepay for mass production setup. Basically, the difference between conventional mass-manufacture and custom user-created manufacture could practically disappear.

The possibilities are endless. Widespread 3d model creation plus easy sharing = widespread 3d printing. It could be a game changer if done right.

Re:Besides 3d printing? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47082699)

A realistic option for what? 3D printers are mostly hot glue guns on a wobbly frame that "print" using one thick strand of one material. Could we please stop humping the corpse of 3D printing hype? It's over, it failed to deliver.

As for 3D scanning, it's called taking two pictures. If that's "THE" enabling technology, you've got problems.

You're so naive. You're assuming it's just a visible part that's easy to print that's broken, and that people will have the skill, patience, time and tools to do something with it.

What if it's your pedestal fan in summer and it just stops working for no visible cause? Then what? It's the electronics inside that's broken. How will any of this help?

Your "realistic" scenarios are so far-fetched and unlikely it's absurd.

The possibilities have ended, is what you mean.

Re:Besides 3d printing? (4, Insightful)

Rei (128717) | about 5 months ago | (#47082757)

I don't know what 3d printing you've done, but I've ordered parts that I designed in Blender from iMaterialize and the results were excellent, and I would gladly do so again. My only real complaint about my first attempt was that they had trouble with my rather complicated model (they ultimately had to print it as two pieces and solder them together - but you couldn't really tell) and that their production process is rather backlogged. But I liked them because of how extreme of a variety of printing materials [materialise.com] you can choose from. Even each entry there is usually actually several entries - for example, here's the options for silver [materialise.com] .

As for 3D scanning, it's called taking two pictures. If that's "THE" enabling technology, you've got problems.

No, the enabling technology is the software stack (and/or whatever accelerating hardware is included). If they're designing a 3d image recognition capability into the tablet, and it works well enough (the caveat I mentioned earlier) and is linked to an appropriate set of tools and services, that's a game changer.

You're so naive.

I'm sorry, I'm having trouble hearing you, your horse is too high.

You're assuming it's just a visible part that's easy to print that's broken,

I'm not making any assumptions about the task at hand, hence the wording "say, a broken part". You know what an example is, right? People want "things" all the time for all kinds of reasons. Some things they want are mass produced and readily available. Some of the things they want were once mass produced but are no longer readily available. Some were never mass produced. Such is life.

and that people will have the skill, patience, time and tools to do something with it.

No, I'm talking about a software stack that does the work for you, not something that pops open Blender on your tablet and says "Have at it!"

Different 3d printing technologies and materials have different resolution capabilities, strengths, etc, but there's nothing at all unreasonable about being given a 3d model of a part and applying some simple filters to clean it up and print it out. Many 3d printing techs can handle details down to the level of fractions of a millimeter, so even fine screw threads are not a problem. And yes, I *have* printed out detail that fine (I made 1" a Orion medallion for my fiance with a detailed leaf trim around the edge, his name embossed in it in small letters maybe 5 millimeters long, hollow tubes allowing light to pass through the medallion it as stars, a neckband clasp, and with the inside hollow so I could fill it with sand from a location important to him, and - concealed within - more writing for him to discover should he ever damage it and see what's inside). Yeah, 3d printers can do some pretty amazing detail work now.

What if it's your pedestal fan in summer and it just stops working for no visible cause?

Wow, I am such an idiot for suggesting that 3d printing could fix every broken device ever invented!

Wait a minute, could you remind me again where I said that, rather than just giving a broken part as an example of something a person may want to print? I can't seem to locate it anymore. But SURELY I must have said it, because otherwise you'd just be attacking a giant straw man, and surely you wouldn't do that.

Re:Besides 3d printing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47082775)

*MY* horse is high? You're predicting some sort of major revolution when not a single thing has changed for years. Oh wow, look, a 3D printed part that's nowhere near the original part in detail, and properties, and I still have to install it myself (without breaking more stuff in the process)!!!

On the one hand you have geeks gushing about solid state technology replacing all mechanical devices, on the other hand you think we'll be repair things at home?

Look at it this way, 20 years ago I had a sound system. I had a cassette deck, a CD player, Laserdisc, a VHS, a reel to reel, an equalizer, an amplifier, a source switchbox, several miles of cabling, two sets of speakers, and even more stuff I can't recall clearly like DBX decorder and some sort of early Dolby surround box.

All of this except the speakers and amp is replaced by a laptop. So there is far less stuff that can break these days.

Then your silver example is quite entertaining to me, since the process is just making a mold to cast silver like a Luddite!

Hilarious! "LOOK! IT IS STAR TREK!" for making trinkets and baubles!

Re:Besides 3d printing? (4, Insightful)

Rei (128717) | about 5 months ago | (#47082845)

You're predicting some sort of major revolution when not a single thing has changed for years.

Says a person who's never used 3d printing. Thank you, armchair expert, please lecture me some more about things I've actually used.

Here, send me your address and a 3d model of yourself, I'll print you out (at my expense) a statue of you with your foot in your mouth and mail it to you so you can see the quality 3d printing has gotten to.

Now, if your response is, "Hey, I don't have a 3d model of myself", my response is simply, "Gee, too bad you don't have a tablet that has a built in software/hardware stack for making 3d models"

All of this except the speakers and amp is replaced by a laptop. So there is far less stuff that can break these days.

Funny, I only have to open my eyes to see many thousands of things around me with replaceable parts. Are you posting from a sensory deprivation chamber or something?

Then your silver example is quite entertaining to me, since the process is just making a mold to cast silver like a Luddite!

Amazing, I never knew that Luddites 3d printed molds for silver casting. You learn something new every day on Slashdot!

Hilarious! "LOOK! IT IS STAR TREK!" for making trinkets and baubles!

Have you never actually looked at what most of the stuff people buy on Ebay is?

Re:Besides 3d printing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47083391)

heh the guy who hasnt used 3d printing for anything more useful than a dust catcher is fighting an AC... amusing

Re:Besides 3d printing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47083919)

" Says a person who's never used 3d printing. Thank you, armchair expert, please lecture me some more about things I've actually used."

Except I've been using it since it was called stereolithography. How does it feel to be so clueless?

"Have you never actually looked at what most of the stuff people buy on Ebay is?"

Exactly. So how is proposing a more complex, long, expensive and crappy way a revolution?

Re:Besides 3d printing? (1)

Rei (128717) | about 5 months ago | (#47084485)

What was the last thing you printed with a modern 3d printer or acquired from a modern 3d printing service? You're here talking about how crappy they are - Have You Actually Used Them? Because I have, and they most distinctly are not.

Exactly. So how is proposing a more complex, long, expensive and crappy way a revolution?

Way then what? Than no way? Since when does ebay make custom things for you, from whatever you see and/or design?

Lets just look around this room right now. Right in front of me there's a large parrot cage. Its missing one of its latches on its feeder doors. I have no clue who made the cage (it's something from China) or how to get another. But I can tell you it'd be awfully nice to take a picture of one of the existing latches, push a few buttons, and have a replacement dispatched to my house.

To the right there's windows. All of them have latches. They're old, so they're undoubtably no longer made. One of the latches is broken, so I have to have the window bound shut with a bit of wire. I'd love to replace that part, but of course, it doesn't exist on the market, at least not in any readily available fashion. Sure would be nice to be able to take a picture of one of the other latch pieces, press a few buttons, and have a replacement shipped to me.

Back to the bird cage. I recently had to replace his sandpaper perch. A plastic piece that helps secure it to his play stand broke, making it unstable and sometimes plunging the bird with no warning off the edge. Sure would have been nice to be able to take a picture of the piece, press a few buttons, and have another one shipped to me.

Left of the bird cage is a very old accordian my fiance just was given from his mother. He's been trying to fix it, but all of his solutions are jury-rigged; there's not a chance in the world of finding parts for the thing. But gee, it sure would be nice to be able to snap a picture, press a few buttons, and get replacement parts.

The fiance has also been working on fixing his pickup. He's been boggling for days on how to reattach a piece of the exhaust system without having to buy a replacement part - the fastener has all but rusted away, it's too cracked to bolt back on. You can't just buy a replacement fastener, you have to buy a whole new meter-long component, they come with the fastener. Sure would be nice to be able to take a picture of the existing one and print out a replacement.

Back inside the house. Not far from the accordion and the bird cage is my telescope. It's a Meade scope, which once was (and usually still is) a good brand, but the quality of the parts is really mixed on this lower-end model. The big problem right now (among others that such easy fabrication could solve) is that there's a lot of play in the eyepiece holding system. A millimeter of wiggle throws your collimation totally out of whack. It'd be *awesome* to be able to take a picture of one of the pieces, scale it up just a millimeter or so, and print it out. I'd also love to be able to readily tweak the secondary mirror holder, it's not well designed. Sure would be great to be able to get a model of it to tweak just by taking a picture.

So far I've only described things in about five square meters of my house in which this sort of capability would be greatly useful to me.

Oh, I'm sorry, but EBAY, right? BAUBLES, everyone!

Re:Besides 3d printing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47083383)

the revolution of trinkets and cheap toys

Re:Besides 3d printing? (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 5 months ago | (#47083367)

of course by 3d this marking vomit really means stereoscopic and is absolutely useless outside of a gimmick

Train stations, malls, emergency exits ... (4, Insightful)

elwinc (663074) | about 5 months ago | (#47082685)

I agree, this could be used invasively, and I'm not in any hurry to show the world the interior of my house.

That said, this could be incredibly useful in public spaces.

For example, you get off a bus in New York's Port Authority terminal, 2 stories above ground, and you need to get on a subway to the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. It would be very helpful to have stairwell & corridor directions to the correct platform. Suddenly smoke starts pouring out the lead car train in that maze of platforms. It would save lives if people, not only on site up upstream from the affected area, were suddenly told to reverse course and clear the exitways. It could be like traffic for pedestrians.

Another example:

You have a factory full of pipes and valves and 2000 amp busbars and 440 volt 3 phase machinery. You've always painted your piping different colors (raw materials, steam, cold water, product, etc). Now you would like to be able to pay someone to build a digital model of the whole factory, including locations of every pipe, valve, switch, gauge, etc. The cost of building that digital model used to be prohibitive; suddenly now it's reasonable. With the digital model, you can plan improvements better, find potential safety issues, target repairs, etc.

So yeah, I get that it could be invasive, and we need to make sure it's not. It could also be incredibly helpful.

Re:Train stations, malls, emergency exits ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47082977)

It could be like traffic for pedestrians.
That's like hoping people who have RADIOs in their cars are listening to the traffic/emergency station while driving instead of the latest Lady Gaga thingy.

Re:Train stations, malls, emergency exits ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47086159)

I agree, this could be used invasively, and I'm not in any hurry to show the world the interior of my house.

On other other hand, it would be nice if people had 3D models of apartments they were renting out.

Bad quality compared to existing lowcost solutions (4, Interesting)

djscoumoune (1731422) | about 5 months ago | (#47082803)

Google's project looks very very low quality. There are already projects, like using the lidar from a vaccum cleaner neato xv-11 or from distance mesuring lasers https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com] There's another cool project that looks very promising for 3d scanning. It uses odometry and scans from 2 webcams. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com] It's still early but you can download it in the video link

Re:Bad quality compared to existing lowcost soluti (1, Flamebait)

PrimeNumber (136578) | about 5 months ago | (#47084105)

But its Google, so all of its fanboys in the tech press will shill the hell out it. Kind of like when Google announced it created its groundbreaking contact lenses -- they were actually developed at Microsoft, yet only a few journalists bothered to report that fact. Far easier to be a Google cheerleader.

Google is getting too fucking invasive and creepy. Larry Page stated he wanted access to everybody's health records. Screw that.

Hell I trust Microsoft far more than I do Google now, and that says something. This from an old-school Linux guy whose been around long enough to remember the days you had to check NIC chipsets before buying 'em because they needed to be compatible with Linux's tulip drivers. Google is the new Microsoft, but with a far better PR department.

Consumer (1)

phorm (591458) | about 5 months ago | (#47093357)

The coupling of Google and Android means that it has a better chance of being mass-penetration than a lesser-known or more hobbiest manufacturer. Would it be useless to a lot of people, yeah probably. However, if they can produce it cheaply enough so that it's included in consumer-level equipment by default, then it helps reach the critical mass between applications, hardware, and improvements.

Mass availability of hardware = more applications using hardware
More applications using hardware = improvements hardware as apps push the envelope

Even if it's a cheap "scanner" which allows a bunch of geeks to play DnD using their environments, eventually we may end up with something where more useful work can also be done with it.

It seems likely: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47082971)

that they would include this new tech in all google hardware, tablets, glass etc if its got the cpu power and the sensors

Project Tango you say? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47083167)

I'd use this for eating trees, obviously. Good for health, lots of fiber.

Ideas to 3D Scan? Sounds Like Fun (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | about 5 months ago | (#47084219)

Home Depot stuff.

Any parts catalogs, then go to that supplier and 3D Scan their products.

Kinect scanners already do better than this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47084317)

And they are cheap and easy to use. Kinect is incredibly enabling, and folks have already built 3d scanning platforms. Why would I care about a rough version of it from Google when I can already get one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s8UdUAEJK8

Useful in Facilities Management (2)

Irate Engineer (2814313) | about 5 months ago | (#47084515)

Similar but less portable technologies are being used in just this way, to document existing structures, locations of electrical, plumbing, HVAC, networking cables, etc.. This location-based inventory is massively useful when planning and costing systems upgrades, particularly on campuses where there may be a complicated interaction of old and new structures.

This is also used in nuclear containments, for similar reason. It is even more useful as operators generally have limited periodic access to the containment, for obvious exposure reasons. Having an accurate 3D model of the containment and locations of equipment would greatly enhance the ability to simulate accident scenarios and to plan for upgrade outages.

The one hangup with these technologies is making the 3D models clean enough such they can be readily imported into engineering simulation software. In particular, CFD models of nuclear containments is complicated by poor geometry rendering (thin slivers of volume, non-planar surfaces, etc.).

Furniture and fittings (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47085207)

As an unlicensed carpenter, I do a lot of renovations and cabinet making, along with building a few cabins out in the woods, I always draft the pieces I'm going to make before I start construction using a pirated copy of Autodesk Inventor.

A 3D scanner would make my work a lot easier, assuming it met some minimum standards. It needs to have a resolution of 1mm RMS or better, and a scale accuracy of 1mm over 10m (or 100ppm). It would cut down the draft work considerably as I could just scan around the site and build up an accurate model before I start.

Next generation erotic webcams? (1)

drolli (522659) | about 5 months ago | (#47086663)

Yeah, i would like to say that these things are probably a great source or creativity and enable next level of machine learning algorithms to understand life, but 20 years of internet made me a realist.

Just Great! (1)

scarboni888 (1122993) | about 5 months ago | (#47086899)

Oh - so now the thieves will be able to PIRATE 3D reality too!! At what dimension will a stop be put to the madness??

You can't go around copying shit people. It infringes on to the rights of those that don't want you to be doing that!! So stop it!! Don't buy these things no matter what evil google would encourage.

Michael J. Fox (1)

Jason Goatcher (3498937) | about 4 months ago | (#47087675)

Okay, how long until I can finally be Michael J. Fox(obviously, a version without the twitchiness) in my video games?

XXX (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47087707)

Why do we need to simulate reality in so much detail?

Drones (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47089843)

navagation for a drone, probably quadcopter to start with.

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?