My wife and I were in the Los Angeles area this past weekend to experience carmageddon - the closure of Highway 405. While traveling from Agoura Hills to Laguna Beach, traffic was at a standstill for as far as the eye could see. This was at 12:30 a.m. on a Friday night (technically Saturday morning). Luckily my college roommate was able to take a detour, and the four of us circuitously made our way to Highway 1 with only a 10 minute delay.
While in Malibu we visited The Adamson House which is a historic house and gardens that has been called the "Taj Mahal of Tile" due to its extensive use of decorative ceramic tiles created by the Malibu Potteries. According to Wikipedia, the house was built in 1930 for Rhoda Rindge Adamson and Merritt Huntley Adamson, based on a Mediterranean Revival design by Stiles O. Clements of the architectural firm of Morgan, Walls & Clements. In addition to the roofs and pool deck, there were many items around featuring the tiles:
Just for fun, I tried taking only 10 photos of a wooden bench on the property. I used Project Photofly to create a 3D model from the 10 pictures by simply uploading them to the Autodesk cloud. I then let Project Photofly create a video for me from the 3D model and automatically post it to YouTube. The resulting model was modest but not bad for 45 seconds of my time.
Now I have the 10 original photos, a video, and a 3D photo scene on my computer:
With this 3D model I could take measurements, decide to build an exact replica for our own home, use a 3D printer to make a small scale replica, or insert it into a video game. The geometry and texture maps were created from just 10 photos. Anyone can do this.
Showing that trying Project Photofly is more like play than work is alive in the lab.