As technology accelerates, some of the most amazing things are taken in stride as quite normal. Arthur C. Clarke’s famous quote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is still true, but these days it’s harder to advance far enough to induce those magical feelings.
Design an object and print it out in 3D and no one blinks an eye, all you have to do is design it in some CAD program, render a 3D model and you’re set. Well, maybe instead of designing it, you scan something with a laser scanner and the model appears in the computer, that’s pretty cool, but still, laser scanners are old hat, too, nothing new there. Hmm, … OK, so how about this? You see something you would like to build, you pull out your smartphone, walk around taking a few photos of the object, send the pics up to the cloud and the cloud crunches the numbers and sends back a 3D computer model you can tweak to your heart’s content and then use the model for whatever you wish. Are you impressed yet? You should be. If you’re not, re-read that last sentence.
Autodesk, the AutoCAD folks, have a new service in beta called Photofly where you can do that. It’s not yet 100 percent accurate, but it’s pretty close and knowing how fast these sorts of things are moving, accuracy is only a matter of time. If you’re thinking there may be some issues with this kind of capability, you’re not alone, but the tech is here and it’s pretty impressive.
We’ve seen comments here from some who look at computer concept models and say, forget the computer model, until it’s real it’s not worth talking about, however those commenters should think seriously about technology like this. The ease of movement from real to computer and back to real is becoming easier and faster every day.
Is this magic? No, it’s here now and hands on guys need to stay on top of this technology. Watch the video below for a brief intro to what this is all about.
Link: Autodesk Photofly