Photofly Brings 3-D Models to the Masses

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Since Photofly, a service that turns uploaded photos into three-dimensional models, was introduced in May, it has received an average of 80 uploads an hour, for a total of 70,000 images, according to Autodesk, the service’s creator.

Along the way, it has also spawned its own YouTube mini-genre.

Among the dozens of videos of 3-D models on the site are representations of stuffed animals (like Eeyore), battleshipsLego menkitchen tablesfruit dishes, remote controls, vacation souvenirscrab arms, Nerf guns, sneakers and remote controls. If anything, it’s notable how mundane the objects are, an indication of how easy  this modeling process  — once mainly the purview of laser scanners — has become.

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