A couple of weeks back I showed the scene below in a presentation on “bImformation modelling” for the Auckland Revit User Group. It was created with Autodesk Labs Project Photofly technology which assembles a collection of 2D digital camera images into a 3D spatial arrangement then generates a 3D point cloud spatial model. This allows measurement & line geometry to be traced. Using the TV as a reference dimension I was amazed it captured the size of a painting in an adjacent room, not even directly photographed, to within 0.5cm! The Photofly editor also found edges (the white vertical dimension) in the point cloud to aid measurement and tracing.
A Photofly update was previewed at Autodesk University 2010 (below) by generating “head models” of attendees who chose to pose. I noticed the output was not just spatially arranged photos and a point cloud but something even more impressive. This technology has just been released for download from Autodesk Labs for anybody to try, free!
Project Photofly 2.0 technology preview also generates 3D spatial model from photos but it creates a detailed textured mesh model. Shaan has a nice concise (two minute) preview video of Photofly 2.0 technology and how it works:
Today the free technology preview of the second release of Project Photofly was released for download from Autodesk Labs http://www.autodesk.com/photofly. With all of the excitement last week about Project Photofly v2 before we even released, I would predict the servers will be very busy…
Scott has collected a bunch of videos (YouTube or for download) on the Labs blog demonstrating how best to shoot, process and use the new Photofly 2.0 editor & outputs. I strongly recommend viewing the shooting guidelines as Photofly requires/rewards quite a different technique from conventional panoramic photography.
Watch the videos, get the download, get snapping and start modelling without modelling!