Yes, Virginia, Smartphones Are Real PCs

One line the trolls use to try to restrain or to demean the idea of the smartphone and other small cheap computers being the “new PC” is that to do real work one needs a hair-drying big expensive piece of hardware to get “real” work done.“Using a piece of paper with a specially printed grid and a regular smartphone, Rendor may have just cracked the 3D scanning code. The system allows you to create a 3D scan of almost any object simply by taking video of it from every angle. The program interpolates the shape of the object based on how it is positioned on the grid and then generates a usable 3D file.” Here’s the counter-example that kills that attack. Replica Labs will soon release software for Android/Linux that runs on smartphones and does the kind of work that needed a mainframe in the “old days” or a powerful expensive hot noisey box a decade ago.

Now, though, small cheap computers are very powerful and 3D calculations and 3D interpolations are child’s play. OK, so it’s a cheat, but that’s just smart IT, isn’t it?
“How it Works
1. Download the application and print out a scanning grid HERE.
2. Place the object to be scanned on the grid (make sure some circles are showing).
3. Open the Rendor App, press “Scan”, and take a video of the object from as many angles as possible.
4. Once that’s done, click “Submit” to send the scan off to the Rendor servers for processing.
5. You’ll receive your rendering in a minute or less via email (depending on your internet connection).”

Using Wintel with all its costs is not smart. FLOSS on small cheap computers is the right way to do IT.

See Rendor Turns Your Single-Camera Smartphone Into A Real 3D Scanner.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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2 Responses to Yes, Virginia, Smartphones Are Real PCs

  1. Conzo77 wrote, “Your argument is invalid”.

    Not at all. Big PCs as well as smartphones can function as thin clients. That’s a tried and true way of doing IT. There is much less need for the big PC as servers and clusters of servers became more powerful and networks became more reliable. In the old days, I had no network except dial-up (before that, none at all). Now I have a high speed connection that’s almost always on. I get two or three brief disruptions each year and it’s not the end of the world. I actually enjoy a bit of real relaxation. Using a smartphone connected to servers, a big display, keyboard and mouse is a real option for me. The biggest use I get of Beast is building the Linux kernel a few times each year. I know that’s not really necessary and occasional upgrades of software on a smartphone would do and could be done by service providers, Google, or some build on my server.

    One must remember the purpose of IT is to do whatever the most efficient way possible. That might mean fastest or local or remote or most secure… but it doesn’t mean using Wintel. M$ and IBM foisted the myth of the necessity of Wintel on us long ago but it’s just a myth.

  2. Conzo77 says:

    “[…] to send the scan off to the Rendor servers for processing.”

    Your argument is invalid.

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