Vision researchers at the University of Washington and Cornell University have been working on turning photographs of things in the real world into 3-dimensional representations. This research could eventually turn snapshots into virtual buildings, neighborhoods, and possibly cities.
PhotoCity is a new online game created by researchers that aims to harness the power of crowdsourcing in order to obtain the photographs needed for reconstructing these locations. Here’s a short 1 minute introduction of how the game works:
In addition to playing with a 2 or 3 megapixel camera, they’ve also released an iPhone app:
We’re pretty darn excited to see how photography will play a role in the technologies we’ll be using in the future.
Thanks for the tip, @eugenephoto
P.S. If you haven’t seen the TED 2007 demo of Microsoft’s Sea Dragon and Photosynth technologies, you’re in for a treat.