Software turns cheap webcam into instant 3D scanner
November 25, 2009 2:30 PM   Subscribe

ProFORMA a software from Qi Pan from University of Cambridge can create 3D models without expensive hardware. It works like this: the user rotates the object in front of a stationary camera, a partial model is reconstructed and displayed to the user to assist view planning. The model is also used by the system to robustly track the pose of the object.
posted by weinzierl (14 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: upon reflection.... linking to your website with the same link as the one you just posted to on MeFi makes it seem scarily like a self-link, might be good not to do that in the future. -- jessamyn

Yep, awesome.
posted by odinsdream at 2:39 PM on November 25, 2009

Searching desperately for the download link... :(
posted by Jimbob at 2:41 PM on November 25, 2009

Been not so nice knowin' ya, weiny. Those throw-away comments are pathetic, btw.
posted by longsleeves at 2:46 PM on November 25, 2009

@Jimbob: There's non yet, but according to (in German) there will be a free linux version soon.
posted by weinzierl at 2:49 PM on November 25, 2009

weizi... your days are numbered!
posted by HuronBob at 2:50 PM on November 25, 2009

@boo_radley: Why do you think so?
posted by weinzierl at 2:50 PM on November 25, 2009

it would appear you think this is Twitter - where it's okay to self-link.
posted by gman at 2:51 PM on November 25, 2009

You've violated the self-linking agreement of metafilter, your post will soon be deleted and your account disabled.
posted by boo_radley at 2:52 PM on November 25, 2009

Oh. I see. Well, at least you wasted your $5 on posting something that's kinda cool, I guess.
posted by Jimbob at 2:52 PM on November 25, 2009

@Jimbob: The info is from Qi Pan's user page
In a few months time when code porting (to new library versions) is complete, a Linux-based demo of ProFORMA should be released. This will be followed by a windows based demo.
posted by weinzierl at 2:53 PM on November 25, 2009

What is the oh-so-obvious self-link? That weinzierl's website link has the same link as here?
posted by smackfu at 2:55 PM on November 25, 2009

How do people know it's a self link? the 3/1 ratio peaked my curiosity at first, but I didn't bother doing any digging
posted by Think_Long at 2:56 PM on November 25, 2009

because he's ignored everyone who's called it a self-link?
posted by gman at 2:58 PM on November 25, 2009

I don't know Qi Pan, just found the link via basicthinking (which I am not affiliated and who's authors I don't know) and thougt it was kinda cool.
posted by weinzierl at 2:59 PM on November 25, 2009

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