"I want to fly like an eagle to the sea
Fly like an eagle, let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle 'til I'm free
Fly through the revolution"
"Fly Like An Eagle," Fly Like An Eagle, Steve Miller, 1976.
One of the technologies we are experimenting with this year at Autodesk Labs is reality capture. One way to capture something real and turn it into a computer design you can extend is to take a series of photographs and synthesize them into a 3D model. We would like your feedback on the ability of this technology preview to do so:
In the tradition of Project Dragonfly and Project Butterfly, we have aptly named this one Project Photofly. For a few moments I considered Gadfly, Horsefly, and Sandfly. A member of our Legal team, an obvious baseball fan, even suggested SacrificeFly.
How do I do this?
The first step is to download and install our stand-alone application. You can use your existing Autodesk Single Sign-on login (Autodesk Labs, Manufacturing Community, Subscription Center, etc.) for this purpose. If you don't have an Autodesk login, you can register and get one. Registration is free.
You can use the Photo Scene Editor to marvel at some of our sample Photo Scenes. Then you can take your own series of photographs by following our shooting guidelines. You can use the application to upload your photos to the Project Photofly server and view the resulting Photo Scenes. We're absolutely bugging to know how it turns out for you. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Project Photofly discussion forum.
Converting 2D photographs to 3D scenes is alive in the lab.