Autodesk Labs has been very busy lately and a promising product that will be released any moment now is Project Photofly 2 so here we are giving you the Canadian exclusive on it. We could just wait until it is released to tell you about it, but what fun would that be?
The idea behind this project is simple: imagine a world where you could take a series of pictures around a 3D object and eventually end up with a computerized 3D model (mesh, point cloud, you name it…) This definitely sounds sci-fi to me, but apparently, if you have an object with even lighting, not too reflective, a good DSLR with adequate exposure control/locks and some patience to perform some digital clean-up it is totally possible today. Well, today, as in whenever this next “2.0” update is released. It is certainly receiving a lot of media attention lately (see the more resources section below).
One key point is that a lot of the heavy-lifting (in computing power) happens on Autodesk’s servers, so you won’t be tying up your computer by attempting this. You will just receive an email when your file is ready. The following includes a few videos and additional resources to get you excited.