videotrace.jpgThe Australian have some crazy idea that you can get 3D data from drawing lines on top of video. They’re actually doing it too.

The Australian Centre for Visual Technologies is gettin’ all fancy with innovative technology and have creatively named it VideoTrace.

VideoTrace is a system for interactively generating realistic 3D models of objects from video—models that might be inserted into a video game, a simulation environment, or another video sequence.

…or how about model that could be brought into SolidWorks? hello? This would make it incredibly easy to create the environment or components your product is interacting with. Or tracing yourself, which you can then have rapid-prototyped to replace yourself at your cubicle. yeah..huh. Getting some ideas? Maybe this video will help.

VideoTrace via BoingBoing


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