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3D face scanning using Windows Phone being explored by Microsoft Research

If you don't love Microsoft Research then you don't love ice cream sundaes or anything else good in the world, because who else is busy figuring out how to make Windows Phone scan faces and build 3D models? So what if they call it "Skynet UI", what bad could come of this?! Zhiwei Li, Richard Cai, and Jiawei Gu are even sharing their work on the web, making sci-fi look just a little more real. Here's the abstract:

3D scanning on portable device is a technology that empower people turn physical objects into high-quality 3D models with the normal RGB camera capturing on mobile device and support for 3D printing. The Skynet UI design aims to enhance user experience to lower the barriers between common consumers and 3D reconstruction

Video above. If you want all the scientific details and a ton more pictures, hit the link below. Then tell me — how awesome would this be as part of Windows Phone next?

Source: Microsoft Research



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Edward Kang says:

For what purpose?

Planblover08 says:

Well with this technology and the 3d printing of Windows 8, a user can print out google glasses and be super cool. Lol. But seriously I have no idea what the business case for any of the items/functions above are for. Maybe facial recognition in a cell phone. But then why? Lol

vijax21 says:

Maybe business need of NSA

dhaval88 says:

Need 8.1 no more photo app

sammy3599 says:

It can be used for rendering. It'll make a game designer's job miles easier/faster. (at least if it can be as accurate im assuming it'll be.)

Joe Tindall says:

Put your face in a game? Upload it and put it in fifa

Arsee17 says:

You could already put your face in a game with rainbow six Vegas via the video camera

kenzibit says:

To put your printed face in a frame I guess

wpguy says:

This could be used in a medical setting for creating external prosthetics. Medical imaging of internal body parts is currently being used to print 3D models for use in planning complicated surgeries, and to create custom artificial joints.

Novron says:

I think I would want something created from a full laser imaging system to go on my body vs Bob the janitor's cell phone.

Tips_y says:

"my body vs Bob the janitor's cell phone."

Bob the janitor's cell phone is way better than your body any day so it would definitely be an insult to use it to service your body.

Edward Kang says:

its seems able to use in many areas.. entertainment, medical field, security maybe...?

So all the females can download and print it out and make out with my gorgeous mug

Yangstax says:

People asked the same question when the 3D printers started showing up.  Now people are predicting the 3D printers could potentially start another industrial revolution with their fast expanding use in many fields - medical, manufacturing, etc.  The 3D printer prices are coming down drastically.  The Micro 3D printer, a Kickstart project, claimed to be sold in the $200 range.  The 3D scanner is required to generate the 3D images which can be output to the 3D printer.  For example, 3D Scan yourself and produce a scaled down statue of you on the 3D printer.  :-)  Or scan any object of your liking and make a duplicate of it on the 3D printer.  I sure like to have a 3D scanner app on my Lumia.

Drewidian says:

Off of the top of my head, I'd say scanning objects for 3d printing, integration into Kinect sports for a more realistic avatar and use it for esports, and maybe even using t for interactive games like Project Spark games where kids could sscan in their favorite toy and pay with it in a game. I could see it used for school work for creating videos for plays, ibooks((interactive books). There's an endless range of posibilities.

Edward Kang says:

If all these ideas come true.. Save a lot of time for graphic gaming designer :)

Dadstar0410 says:

Wow. Today has been the slowest WPC news day ever. By far. No offense.

That's how the weekends are man. They got to have days off too ya know!

k0de says:

It is the quiet before the storm. Hang on to your hats starting at midnight. Well done WPCentral.

SamiSaifDine says:

They r preparing for tomorrow :')

Chemilinski says:

It's shocking how many people here comment on this. Some people don't seem to have a concept of what a weekend means for the majority of us.

j_jabbar says:

including you, good sir.

DJCBS says:

Perhaps because it's Sunday? On Sunday people rest. Like God. Or lazy people.

Kleen Jimi says:

so entitled. go outside.

Who's excited for tomorrow?

Silent Night says:

Rumor has it, tomorrow is launch day for Windows Phone 8.1 through the Developer Preview program. Oh the excitement.

tallgeese says:

It's the WEEKEND!!!!!!!

I agree with you but they need a break too on the weekend.

Is that a joke? There where many days slower, hehe ;)

swizzlerz says:

First world problems... WPC should post more... dude go for a walk.

Kamil712 says:

Slow news day? LOL, just give us 8.1 already!!

WhippedKream says:

Virtue. There do I get a cookie now? Please? Or WP8.1

I'll give you WP8.1, just tomorrow, as I'm busy now. ;)

Kreblon says:

What do you mean? It was released last night. It's a slow news day because we're all playing with the new features.

IceDree says:

Hi René, good to see you here :)

bhatech says:

Rene - Which windows phone do you use once a while?

Posted via the WPC App for (Does it matter)!

IceDree says:

My pleasure :)

Would be cool if they implemented this for Xbox avatars somehow. A bit like the Kinect Sports Rivals game scans your body to "cartoonize" the user.

The 3DS has been doing this since day one. No reason why a phone cannot. =P

Tense says:

It's shit on the 3DS, though, I have one.

i find Mii Maker fairly decent in feature matching. But yeah, it's cameras suck big time. Idk why nintendo constantly choses low-quality camera's. DSi was better than 3DS for petes sake. But enough on Nintendo.

Hopefull MS Research gets far enough along to release some kind of Beta app.

F3rzz says:

yeah i have used it, but it's results are just ok. obvously it's not for the same purpose :)

Dadstar0410 says:

It's also as of 4/13/13, not 4/13/14

hprvez says:

Wrong anyway

Am I the only one who's checking wpc every few minutes hoping to see the 8.1 available news?

lubbalots says:

Let tomorrow be the day!

keifwoki says:

Nope... I'll admit you are not alone :)

Kleen Jimi says:

not that belfiore said it wouldnt be out this week or anything

Sin Ogaris says:

Uh... Wouldn't your phone tell you before WPC?

rockstarzzz says:

Nope, Daniel has a bet going to be the first one!

Yep. And the bet is on the post coming from him as well.

Aashish13 says:

Will be there on wp by next build

Simple_WiLL says:

Facial/retina scan to unlock phone maybe??? THAT...would be a game changer.

Yes! Android has face unlock, we want that too! We also want picture unlock, like Windows on PCs have!

Android face unlock is, or at least was, a toy. i remember it could be fooled by a photo originally.

Skynet huh? Prepare for another trademark violation lawsuit from Sky Broadcasting.

lubbalots says:

No! From T1000.

Kashyapjani says:

Haha.. Expecting the same...

Dean Lewis says:

Did they REALLY call it Skynet UI? That's way too creepy.

I'll be over here digging my bomb shelter for the coming "judgment day" (tm)

Skynet.  Terminators don't care about copyrights!

Kashyapjani says:

How about they use the image to create holograms? Future is here.

Dadstar0410 says:


Eas195 says:

or maybe even be a full human AI hologram just like Halo.

LSDigital says:

Perhaps your lost girlfriend? Too bad you didn't 3D her :p

tpitts15 says:

1st sentence: then*

andy21andy says:

When is the iPhone 6 coming? :)

kenzibit says:

Sheep in a wolf's chlothing

Silent Night says:

You mean the iPhone 2006? Its outdated OS that never gets updated?

Sin Ogaris says:

Hence why it's at version 7, clearly never gets updated.

SwimSwim says:

Haha, they seriously called it Skynet UI? xD Crazy!

Still, love the concept. Can't wait to buy s future Windows Phone with this technology.

shadoweye14 says:


kenzibit says:

Take it easy bro or else u gonna poop :-)

Nah. It sounds like he's having an aneurysm.

xmarklive says:

Coming soon from google.... Another thing Ms will be late on... Go cortana

DHX says:

U want you fase in DDD in WinFone? Two words: Morfo. MORFO! Searchit, baby! MMOORRFFOOOOO!!

kenzibit says:

Sshhhh....it's dark and you'll wake the neighbors

Munkeyphyst says:

Morfo is terrible. Just sayin'

It's 14 of april, where is the update?

Tense says:

Wait until it's April 14th in the US, since MS is based here.

Lol i haven't tought that xd, sorry!

hprvez says:

GMT is da way

ALIalfarsi says:

Cool , when we can get Windows Phone 8.1 ? Next year or to night

As tense said, wait until it's 14 of april in US

DJCBS says:

This is at the same time incredibly awesome and incredibly creepy. I mean...I like the tech...but I can see it being used for things that cross the privacy line far beyond the admissible. 

rockstarzzz says:

Wait till you see Google do it.

DJCBS says:

I wouldn't be surprised if Glass was already prepared for something like this...

ALIalfarsi says:

That's mean 15 April on my local time , Microsoft you must take care to these point because now your platform it international not only local to US

Well Microsoft is from US, so really they don't care about International time

LSDigital says:

I bet they have a tem ready in case something goes wrong. So they should be ready by midnight 14 just for you? woow, you must be a VIP :p

Damn it, i can't wait for wp 8.1


montel22 says:

I check this app religiously lol its a shame. Today has been slow but like some people say they need days off to.

ALIalfarsi says:

From midnight up to 3am for nothing better to go sleep goodnight everyone

When will this app be available????


TheZuneLune says:

I can see the medical profession finding use cases for this. Alsio would make sense if it could be brought into the construction industry.

JoRdaNeK says:

Hey all.......IT'S. MONDAY❕❗❕

rockstarzzz says:

Not until it is in USA. Its atleast 17 more hrs

hprvez says:

It's. Monday.

Eas195 says:

it's Monday here, though, in my country. BUT, MSFT's Headquarters is at Redmond, so you must wait 17 hours (or 14 as I posted here) more to get it.

wffabarstar says:

I think there is something going on tomorrow... Not sure though. :)

MethodGT says:

I could use this. I've got some plastic prices that broke in my car. I could scan them in with this then print them out. That is, if I still had access to a 3D printer.

Guytronic says:

Cool no more hiding!

Now the secret society of aliens that run the globe can build a datbase of faces to create clones to replace human worker bees that no longer co-operate blindly.

Just kidding!...(or is he?)

atkulp says:

Cool, but it's just a series of photos (gyro stabilized) sent to a cloud service for the processing. Still want it though! Definitely great for games or even tele-presence.

TKETZ196 says:

I am glad this was brought back to our attention. I was sort of wondering if there were anymore advancements to this project. I am impressed this could be working. Alas no new information but this is a good way to drum up publicly for these projects that, I feel, should be released. Even if its just a beta product it can showcase what WP platform is capable of. Photosynth is fantastic too, wish they would provide a massive update for that too. Maybe they could roll this project up with photosynth into one app...

Joeul_Ramos says:

>>Patiently waiting for Windows 8.1


Big Brother Is Here.


bitwise says:

i am disappointed that nobody has mentioned anything about this technology being used for "sexy time" purposes :p

3D tits is the future! There goes the strip club industry.

Dude, now I see why Joe wanted to slap the fuck out of all you morons that keep talking about WP 8.1 preview. He simply stated in the tweet "the beginning of next week" that could mean any day before Wednesday technically. I'm just as excited as the next guy but all this spamming the articles with this shit has to stop. Go fuck a goat or something for a day or two. Shit.

Not mad, annoyed. When you go to an article and actually read it and then scan the comments to see what people are saying about it and then find random comments about things NOT related to the article in any way, shape or form (in this case, WP 8.1 preview) it's extremely annoying and moronic to say the least. I'm sure the authors get annoyed by this as well. Like I said before, I'm excited for WP 8.1 preview as well but there is no need whatsoever for users to keep posting about it on unrelated articles.

Sin Ogaris says:

I'm afraid you'll have to get used to it, that's what WPCentral is all about. If it's not WP8.1 it's 512mb devices, or paying for apps, or no xbox live. I swear some people must have a text file of generic whine responses for pasting within any given article.

Oh trust me, I know. I've been a user for a few years now ;) It's just particularly annoying me more with this topic than any other lol.

dalydose says:

But what about Instagram???  Wait...pasted from the wrong text/whine file.


But what about file manager??? Yup...the new moron on repeat whine.

It's 14th Apr here on Brazil. What about US?

Dude...OMG. Still a few hours away man.

Edward Kang says:

About 12 hours more California there will be 8am

dalydose says:

Don't these things usually happen at like 10:00am Pacific?

Almost 1 hour until midnight. Mother of god.

jgservices says:

Please don't ever use Skynet in any name, its not a good idea haha

It's 14th April,  9:20Am in India,

(Excited about wp 8.1 update)


Mircrosoft Research is pretty amazing. They always look for something new and useful.



I don't know how much wait we should have to do !! 
I think windows phone updates are very slow, they postpone their date a lot, 

They think and add lots of features in phone when it comes to updates other operating systems are one step ahead of them, when it comes to release an update other os comes with that and new other features !!!



bologni says:

is the developer preview update worldwide? or just for the us? Chile is waiting!

World Wide :) 


Bc update kb doge. 8.1 bol k dhoka de rae ho

bologni says:

how many people are searching for the update right now in their phones just because of that weird language... i think a lot!

Mohd Saif says:

Do u know what BC stand for

Great! I would also like to see it integrated with Cortana, so that way I can use my GF's 3D model as Cortana

BC = Sister fu*ker right?


Aashish13 says:

Where's murica?

Cecewp8 says:

I think it's a small country on Mars

inseyven says:

Where's my preview?!

Loving Shubh says:

Bc update WhatsApp also......whatsapp is more crucial for me than 8.1 update....so update WhatsApp and 8.1 fasttttttttt :/

Kram Devil says:

everyone patent your face like right now


It's not necessary that we'll get it today, for example; According NeoWin Microsoft were going to give the software to their hardware partners (OEMs) in Monday 14th April. So if that's the case we'll probably get it tomorrow (that is if MS don't delay it any further). Also Joe Belford said that check for update in the early next week, so what I am saying is that it is possible that we won't get Windows Phone 8.1 update today.

Why is the wp central keep silent??

shriyanshk says:

True Story Till now WP central didn't commented or posted anything regarding preview...

Next week means till sunday... Wtf wp8.1 plz say confirm date and time also.. Fu*k off.

lonerider_wp says:

Is it 8.1 already? Dafuq.

broar94 says:

Just got a small update. Must be a huge sign to wp 8.1 preview. Cant wait!! For tomo.

shriyanshk says:

after like approximately 2 hours later all over the world it will be Monday 14 April so maybe then we get something :P Hope for the Best..

https://www.evi.com/q/what_time_is_it_at_microsoft_headquarters guys here you will found exact time @ microsoft hq. Wait patently, it is day 14 but it's like 50mins after midnight now

Mr Ritchie, you want to rewrite the first sentence of that second paragraph. It's a mess.

LSDigital says:

Skynet? :o

History repeating itself? :p Except it all starts here :)

They should be doing this to Cortana! :) Maybe is for her to recognise us from every angle...

joaohd says:

That is a little creepy