Image processing technology turns smartphones into 3D capture devices

October 01, 2019 //By Rich Pell
AI imaging app turns smartphones into 3D capture devices
3D camera and imaging platform provider Matterport (Sunnyvale, CA) has announced AI-based image processing technology that it says will turn consumer smartphones into 3D capture devices.

Based on the company's cloud-based image processing software, the Matterport 3D Capture for Smartphones will create 3D experiences derived from standard smartphone cameras. This new capability, says the company, is made possible by advancements in its Cortex AI-powered image-processing technology.

"Matterport aims to achieve full camera and capture ubiquity that will allow us to digitize the entire built world," says Matterport CEO RJ Pittman. "Creating a 3D solution compatible with smartphones is a huge step towards reaching that goal, allowing the broader community of billions of iPhone and Android users to access the capabilities of our technology."

The company's Cortex technology features three-dimensional intelligence that can understand objects, rooms, and the detailed characteristics of any physical space. The technology is trained on the company's dataset comprising billions of 3D data points and can construct 3D digital twins from two-dimensional images.

"The digital transformation of the built world will fundamentally change the way people interact with buildings and the physical world around them," says Pittman. "Matterport's 3D capture is foundational to this transformation because our unique technology is creating the data layer on which businesses and individuals can interoperate across industries."

In addition to the 3D capture for smartphones announcement, the company also announced a new spatial awareness functionality that enables users to interactively measure and share the dimensions of any space – including floor plans, doorways, windows and walls – automatically. This feature, says the company, strengthens the impact of Matterport 3D experiences across applications and industries, from helping prospective home buyers know whether furniture will fit in a space, to making it easier for contractors to more accurately and efficiently document dimensions during the construction or renovation process.

The new spatial data features were announced and demonstrated alongside planned updates to the company's flagship app and cloud services, which include:

  • Android compatibility for the Matterport Capture app, enabling anyone with an Android device to scan a space when connected

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