While Google has sold off the bulk of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, they’ve kept some interesting projects for themselves. This looks like one of them (I’m not sure if this was ever part of MM, but I assume it, like Project Ara, was). This project provides 3D sensing abilities to a phone. It’s pretty neat:
You can find out more from their website, and here’s a break down on the hardware. It seems that the technology that they’re using is similar to what you would find on the kinect: an infra-red pattern emitter along with a camera.
This kind of work (“easily” accessible 3D sensing) excites me a lot, especially when combined about 3d printing: it’s a major part of the loop from physical objects, to digital, back to physical. 3D printers are slowly becoming “easy” to own, but I haven’t yet seen many easy ways to acquire 3D models / measurements of physical objects.