Imagine if 3D scanners were as common as a cell phone camera (or for that matter cameras and scanners integrated together). For beginners, 3D modeling would seem to be easier to become involved with if you had 3D renderings to start your projects with. Well, if your tablet or cell phone had a 3D scanner embedded you might be more inclined to start modeling the world around you.
Intel has been working on adding 3D scanning capabilities to portable devices with a technology they call RealSense:
“The idea is you go out, you see something you like and you just capture it,” Krzanich explained. He said consumer tablets with built in 3D scanners will hit the market in the third or fourth quarter of 2015, with Intel also working on putting the 3D scanning cameras on drones.
As a gentleman mentions in the comments, no word yet on the resolution. Still, this seems like a very important development. Making 3D scanning more common place can only feed grow in the 3D printing industry.