A Maryland-based startup Freewebs has launched a new service “Fotowoosh”, — that turns any image, preferably an outdoor image into a 3D model. A demo video of examples, after the jump.
The 3D image is constructed in Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) format, meaning you currently need a VRML reader to see it. In another week+, the users more likely will be able to upload a picture and have a 3D animated image returned to them in a Flash widget that can be embedded into any website /blog.
When you upload an image to Fotowoosh, their software tears it apart and distinguishes the sky, ground and vertical elements within the photo, then cuts and folds it into a 3D model:
Our system automatically constructs simple “pop-up” 3D models, like those one would find in a children’s book, out of a single outdoor image. The system labels each region of an outdoor image as ground, vertical, or sky. Line segments fitted to the ground-vertical boundary in the image and an estime of the horizon’s position provide the necessary information to determine where to “cut” and “fold” in the image. The model is then popped up, and the image is texture mapped onto the model.
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