Creating a detailed 3D map of the world around you has until now required expensive Ladar equipment, effective but not cheap. Technology leaving the labs at the moment will soon build this ability into every mobile device, making machines aware of their surroundings.
Tech giants Amazon and Google are working to integrate this new kind of smarts into our phones and tablets. Both leveraging multiple cameras and algorithmic smarts to build 3D wire models that map the world around you. Amazon will use this to create a new type of facial recognition interface while Google is looking for developers to join in on their journey of discovery.