Earlier this year, Nikon unveiled a 3D photo booth that used a system of multiple DSLRs to render a 3D model of a subject. Just months later the technology to do so now fits in your pocket — free.
The iPhone app Trnio turns your phone into a (rudimentary) 3D scanner, allowing you to capture complex objects and automatically create a 3D model that can be used for animation or 3D printing.
The process involves taking a series of several images (there are multiple settings depending on what you're scanning), all in all the process takes less than 5 minutes.
With the proliferation of 3D printers just on the horizon and the rapidly progress made by 3D animation, applications and platforms like this are going to change the way we create and store objects as well as the ways we can express and manipulate them digitally.
Below is a sample model created with Trnio.
You can download the app for yourself here.
[Via 3D Print]