The patent, filed in September of 2009, is rather general and aimed towards "mobile robots" and "mobile devices" that are designed to identify "surrounding objects." I may be wrong, but my first guess would be that this technology is targeted at automotive technology that could be a stepping stone toward autonomous driving systems.
According to Samsung, the 3D scanner integrates a "rotating drive generating a rotating force; a mirror holder tiltably supporting a reflecting mirror and rotated by the rotating force of the rotating drive; a cam having a guide groove in an outer circumferential surface thereof and rotatably disposed above the mirror holder; and a tilting drive connected with the guide groove, wherein the tilting drive vertically reciprocates along a path of the guide groove and tilts the reflecting mirror connected via a rod."
Besides the mechanical description, there is no information how image data would be generated and recorded.
Samsung makes just about everything in the ROK, goes with being a chaebol business.
You are correct. Apple already patented "A thing that looks like something, and when something is done, something happens". I expect a court hearing within a few days.
Could this maybe be used in Job's dream of an iCar ?