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3D objects from 2D pictures

Some University of Manchester researchers have come up with a really creative way to extract the depth and 3D properties from a 2D image. They take one photo with diffused light, and another with a flash, and essentially "subtract" the images to figure out the depth. They can even approximate depth from a single image using a photoshop technique. The result is stunningly accurate 3d model, with true colors and textures.

Really creative, really neat.

Read more and see the siggraph video on their site
Or the New Scientific article
Or check out the video below:

via digg