New Camera Sensor Could Turn Your Phone Into a 3D Scanner


A new camera sensor could turn your smartphone into a three-dimensional scanner. Researchers from California Institute of Technology recently developed a tiny high-resolution 3D imager that would easily fit in a phone-size device.

DSLR camera with mirror down

This cheap but accurate nanophotonic coherent imager utilizes a silicon chip just under a square millimeter in size. The NCI offers the highest depth measurement accuracy of any similar device. With this kind of technology the New Camera Sensor Could Turn Your Phone Into a 3D Scanner.

The imager feature could easily apply to a large range of applications from precise 3D scanning to helping self-driven cars avoid car crashes.


This new camera sensor technology offers the potential to transform smartphone and other mobile technologies. It already is featured in other tech gadgets such as robots and self-driving cars.  The smartphone has become a lifeline for many people who use it on an everyday basis.  The researchers say the possibilities of this new technology could redefine the smartphone as we know it.