New Wizardry Allows Researchers To Turn Photos Into Three-Dimensional Objects

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a way to manipulate objects in photos in three dimensions, allowing you to see all sides of formerly 2D objects. How is it done? Some might say there is dark magic afoot, but what’s really happening is far more interesting.

Here’s how it’s done: an object is selected in an image, be it a chair, an origami crane, or a fireplug. The system matches the object with currently extant 3D models taken from various sources, and then, by connecting the models with the actual objects, they are able to simulate what the object would look like in the photograph. While this database of objects is obviously fairly limited, it does allow for some clever tricks including making taxi cabs in photos flip around to display their undercarriage and then zoom off into space.

You can think of it as a sort of 3D…

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