This article, along with an article in the New York Times that describes the 3-D printer company MakerBot, which entered the market this week for 3D scanning, and introduced a desktop device called the Digitizer provided me with an epiphany, reading about the Digitizer, there may be a way to make a light weight version of the Digitizer, use a smartphone as the primary camera input, and the other components have Bluetooth integrated to communicate with the smartphone, as well as a slide case to hold the phone steady. The turntable and two lasers are components that communicate with the smartphone camera and app. that reads in the 3D scanner data recorded. Pow, mobile 3D scanning.
“The $1,400 Digitizer looks a little like a classic record player, but with lasers. It rotates small objects on a turntable near two lasers and a camera to create a three-dimensional model that can then be reproduced by a 3-D printer. “
The other way I would innovate this technology, instead of a portable 3D Digitizer to record a 3D object, you may be able to take a full 360 degree panoramic picture with a turntable, Bluetooth communication, a base to set your phone, and a bit of patience, similar to the Mars rover panoramic picture.