At Waseda University, researchers are developing a 3D face generation process that requires no special equipment. It combines 3D measurement data from thousands of faces with a single photograph to extrapolate what your features will look like, cheaply and quickly.
The secret is in comparing "feature points" (characteristic parts of the face) with the existing data models already stored. This allows a 3D model to be quickly analysed and created.
The whole process can be done at home using a regular PC and USB camera, but for the best, most realistic results - highly detailed facial tone and texture - using an SLR camera is best. [DigInfo TV]