This week, Microsoft was granted a patent for technology that can quickly make 3D models of real objects after simply being scanned.
The Patent Yogi breaks it down in the below video. Microsoft uses a static depth camera to scan everyday objects, in this case a model cat, then regenerates it on the computer in a three-dimensional model. Computer users can then modify the model — an awesome application for illustrators and those working in animation — and even make a real-life replica on a 3D printer.
Watch the Patent Yogi’s video below on how it all works. He even points out how it might be a useful application for making 3D maps: