A group of computer scientists from the University of Washington's Graphics and Imaging Laboratory have created an algorithm that improves the technology behind Microsoft's Photosynth to render massive environments in 3D.

A group of computer scientists from the University of Washington’s Graphics and Imaging Laboratory have created an algorithm that improves the technology behind Microsoft’s Photosynth to render massive environments in 3D.  The researchers scaled up Photosynth’s unique photo-cloud-to-3D-model computer code, allowing incredibly large data sets to build larger and larger environments.  Their study, entitled Building Rome in a Day (pdf link), states that their algorithm can process and render 150,000 images from a Flickr pool of an environment into a 3D model in less than a day.

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