Software-based computer vision start-up who have been acquired by Oculus this week, and it is easy to see why. Without additional hardware, their work reads information from a smartphone camera and re-interprets it into 3D data for technical or entertainment use. The examples embedded below all use a previous generation iPhone, and if you think this is all geeky and irrelevant, you are going to see a lot more of this in 2015 with next generation handhelds.
A controller for augmented reality first person shooters – notice how it automatically turns other players into avatar characters and turns the actual environment into a playable level:
Demo of 3D environment reconstruction on foot, using an iPhone 5S:
Visual SLAM Car Navigation
Similar to the previous video, but constructing the environment whilst driving – no GPS was used:
Densified SLAM Maps
Some examples of data captured from driving turned into point clouds:
You can find more about the work at their website here