Will Mobile Phones be Able to Scan and Print?

How far will the basic cell phone take us?

Consumer technology has been advancing rapidly. Believe it or not, the first public cell phone was made not that long ago. In 1984 Motorola released DynaTAC, a weighted-down phone with a rechargeable battery. Since then, many versions have come out, and we all rely on them for communicating. Now, researchers are creating even more advancements in this field. One of the biggest guessing games we are playing is whether the latest brands’ will add 3D laser scanning devices to cell phones. Will everyone have access to some of the most advanced technology in the world? How far will the basic cell phone take us?

The newest iPhone may be adopting this technology in place of the sensors in the phones for facial recognition. This means that things become faster, work smoother, and are a lot more precise with a lot less glitches. Sounds amazing right? It is!

However, many people are worried about the safety of adding the 3D laser scanning and wonder about privacy issues. This is a decent concern and something you have to think about even now. Your safety will not be compromised and adding in 3D laser scanning devices can actually help improve your safety with less chance of your information getting hacked.

How 3D laser scanning can change the way we use phones

We have already seen apps take advantage of the sensors being placed on phones. For example, you have seen it in the Ikea app, Pokemon Go, and a few other games. There have also been a few apps that use the sensors to scan objects in the real world and create a virtual replica right on your phone.

If we add in the 3D laser scanning technology, more people will communicate their world around with others. This could allow us to walk with family members virtually. You can have your grandparents walk down the street with you and see everything you see precisely how it is with no glitches, except they would be in their living room.

It can create a way to spread information quickly and allow others access to the information. This could be great for students who are home learning to share data on school assignments. There are so many unique ways that this technology could impact us.

How it works

Typically you will see a 3D laser scanning device as a small handheld tool. However, researchers have been able to shrink it down, and it can fit into a phone and be as small as the sensors that are already there.

It works by taking rapid pictures of an object, collecting all of the information on it. This can include textures, sizes, shapes, and more. Simultaneously, some lasers project from the tool and are being analyzed and measured by the distance the light travels.

The information gets stored in the cloud and, in this case, could be stored in the cell phone as well. The coolest thing about this technology is the information can be edited and sent to almost anyone in the world if the users wish. It can also be turned into virtual reality or a 3D model.

There are many ways this technology could change consumers’ lives, and we can’t wait to see if our newest phones have 3D laser scanning in them.

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