This Impossible Software Can Make 3D Models From A Single Photograph

It was predicted that computer graphics would one day give everyone the ability to create their own blockbuster film. But the software used for modern visual effects is still pretty complicated for the average user. At least until this magical software that can almost instantly turn a still photo into a 3D model is available.

Demonstrated at Siggraph Asia 2013, the software only requires the user to define the three dimensions of an object in a photo by swiping along them with a mouse cursor. Everything else, from generating and texturing the 3D model, to extracting it from the 2D photograph, are all handled by the software. It does away with the need for 3D scanners, multiple images, complex interfaces,and artistic talent. [YouTube via Stu Maschwitz (Twitter)]


    Thats incredible, i wonder when game designers will start using it.

    Add this to the video of how to make tennis balls into dragons, sort of, in Game of Thrones, as yet another example of how amazingly far computing technology has come since I saw my first PC back in the late 70s...

    Well, it does away with 3D scanners provided all the detail you need for the model can be seen from one side. The pipe is a good example, it was missing its hole.

    a little too good. i'm calling this fake..

      Actually, there's been some work on extracting 3d images from single photos. I'd say this is real.
      There are problems, of course - when they rotate the smoker's pipe there's no hole in the top. A classic case of detail missing from the master image.
      The acid test I'd like to see modeled is a 3d illusion called the "dragon":

    Will believe it when I see it used for anything real world.. Look at all the examples they actually used, how they were structured and the environments they did it in.

    if anything, this seems more like a tool for automatically generating the types of meshes designers would have spent half an hour on usually.

    good for efficiency, but less revolutionary than this essentially sales video would show it seems to me.

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