New 3D modelisation tool by Microsoft

23 August 2008 at 10:37 am (3D, Hypermedia, Links)

I have just read a New York Times  article presenting a new “free” 3D modelisation tool, called Photosynth, developed by Microsoft. To have a 3D photorepresentation of an real object or space you have to take as many pictures as you can from the object (with a minimum of 3 pictures per area). Then the software compares the pictures (I belive the logic used in this operation is similar of the one used by photoshop to produce panoramic images from different shots ; Microsoft added some algo to calculate distance by comparing object sizes) and you have a weird animation where you see the actual pictures and are able to navigate arround, zoom in and out.

The problem is, some month ago, I’ve read another article, this time in Wired website, presenting another tool that do exactly the same (you can find it here in my blog). The only difference is Microsoft keeps the image data to have a colorfull representation while Washington University’s tool seems to represent the vertex of the spoted object.

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