"3-Sweep" Software Can Extract 3D Objects Out of a Single Photo

With just a few mouse clicks, turn an object in a photograph into a 3D, editable creation

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SIGGRAPH is often a play space for new imaging software, where academics get a chance to show off the weird and wonderful software they've been working on for years. As SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 this November, one group wants to demo a piece of software that can take a single image, and generate a 3D object out of something in it.

Dubbed 3-Sweep, it relies on a user making three quick selections around the object in order to interpret the size and shape. From there, it can be rotated in three dimensions, edited, moved into other photos, and more. It allows real world objects to be resized and tweaked for digital use, and easily manipulated.

The video below shows off something of what the software is potentially capable of, and the areas where it struggles. But for someone looking to pull together 3D objects easily, it seems simple and impressive.