I'm Happy to exist during this time.
Itâ€™s called ProFORMA, or Probabilistic Feature-based On-line Rapid Model Acquisition, but it is way cooler than it sounds. The software, written by a team headed by Qui Pan, a student at the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University in England, turns a regular, cheap webcam into a 3D scanner.
Normally, scanning in 3D requires purpose-made gear and time. ProFORMA lets you rotate any object in front of the camera and it scans it in real time, building a fully 3D texture mapped model as fast as you can turn an object. Even more impressive is what happens after the scan: The camera continues to track the objsct in space and matches itâ€™s movement instantly with the on-screen model.
Probabilistic Feature-based On-line Rapid Model Acquisition, but it is way cooler than it sounds
|12/Nov/2009 - In a few months time when code porting (to new library versions) is complete, a Linux-based demo of ProFORMA should be released. This will be followed by a windows based demo.|