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Magically Create 3D Photographs

3D technology was featured somewhat prominently this year at CES, with companies unveiling televisions and cameras built for capturing and displaying 3D media. If you can’t wait to get started with 3D media, you can do so right now with just two photographs.

Launched about a month ago, Start 3D is an online service that allows you to create and share 3D images without requiring special glasses to view them. You simply take two photographs 3 inches apart, and the service will do the rest, creating the following 3D effect:

As you can see, the resulting image is simply one image transitioning to the other. However, the frames in between are automatically generated by a patent-pending technology, called “Piku-Piku”.

While embedding the images is possible, there currently isn’t a one-click way of doing so. They should probably make this a simple feature on the image pages if they would like to see YouTube or Flickr-style growth.

The service is currently free while in public beta, but the home page indicates that more than 20 uploads per month will require a membership fee.

(via PhotographyBLOG)


 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348760218 facebook-1348760218

    hMmmmmmm?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348760218 facebook-1348760218

    hMmmmmmm?

  • http://www.travelyourself.ca/ Cailin

    So you take two photos? But in action shots then the action happening would move as well? or does the program take only one action and just plays with the background? I'm confused on how you take the photos to make it! like on the site the dog jumping – he isn't going to stay paused in the air while you move 3 inches over…. does what im saying make sense? haha
    thanks!

  • cekkinomade

    cailin, you're right! i asked myself the same question!!!

  • JessicaLum

    If you have two cameras going at the same time with a remote trigger and somehow positioned 3 inches on the side of the firing camera (maybe by mounting it next to the main camera), you can probably have this effect.

  • http://ranger9.net/ Ranger 9

    Cool effect, but seriously — who is going to want to watch images slosh back and forth over such a small angle for any length of time?

    I discovered accidentally that my RSS feed displayed the images separately, and that I could “free-view” them in stereo by centering my eyes between them and relaxing my vision a bit. It takes a bit of practice, but it seems more practical than the piku-piku effect.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Ah interesting point… I guess this is why those 3D cameras have 2 lenses/sensors =)

  • jeffreywilcke

    Stupid patents, open source that shit! They've made it from 'cool piece of software' to a 'wtf I'll probably never use that shit since I can't afford it anyway'. Maybe it's free now, but wait until they realize how much 'potential' customers they might have.

    Innovative my ass …

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  • jeffreywilcke

    Stupid patents, open source that shit! They've made it from 'cool piece of software' to a 'wtf I'll probably never use that shit since I can't afford it anyway'. Maybe it's free now, but wait until they realize how much 'potential' customers they might have.

    Innovative my ass …

  • http://www.henniker.org.uk/ DaveHenniker

    It's just a tiny 2D movie clip, that's all.

  • http://www.photoblog.com/bergur Bergur

    Woah.. That's unimpressive! So much work and that's all you get?

    I read about it and thought: 'hmmm, interesting…' Then I looked at a few photographs and though: 'Hot air…'

    The 3D 360 degree panoramas on HDR-labs picturenaut are impressive: http://www.hdrlabs.com/gallery/index.html

  • http://extraordinarythoughts.com/ Shawn K.

    Very nice, I like!

  • http://extraordinarythoughts.com/ Shawn K.

    Very nice, I like!