3D Photos Now Real With 3DAround App For iPhones
Gone are the days of printed photographs. And going are the days of the simple 2D digital photos too, with 3D photography making headlines.
All of you must have been inspired by the moving, 3D photographs in Harry Potter and might have even imagined having one in real life. Well, well, well… your imagination has become real thanks to Dacuda, an ingenious team, which has created the first app to take 3D pictures that actually swivel around to give you the depth and contours of the object like in real life.
3DAround is a camera app, expected to be launched next month. All you have to do is hit the Record button, and revolve the camera around the object (food, which it has been created basically for), and the app then stitches the frames from all angles to create a 3D image which can be spun around for viewing.
Dacuda is famous for its brilliant app, the PocketScan, which is the “world’s smallest and smartest scanner.” It has made our lives simple by allowing us to change our phone into a scanner, which can be used to scan documents or pictures without having to go through the tiresome process of finding a bulky scanner and then scanning after attaching it your computer.
And now, with a team of 25, Dacuda is converting our phone into a 3D scanner to create 3D photos in iPhones. With iOS 8 just allowing to access their camera API, Dacuda could not have been happier:
“It’s a really good time for this kind of tech because Apple just opened up the camera APIs” Dacuda founder and CTO Dr. Alexander Ilic tells me [TechCrunch]. “We need pretty low-level access to controlling exposure time, focus, and more.”
Illic says he was inspired to create the app when he saw his food blogger friends take dozens of photos of food from different angles and struggle to decide which was best.
He thought, “Why can’t you just go around the whole thing, so you don’t have to worry about the perfect shot with a single angle?”
Initially, he believed that it would require a camera with expensive 3D sensors, but he eventually found out that newer iPhones are capable of conforming, if given the right software.
The 3DAround app extracts the depth and structure information from a series of rapid-fire photos to create 360-degree views. Users will be able to view the swiveling photo through the app or WebGL-equipped browsers, like Chrome, and share some version of the images to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
The app will be free of cost for the first month of its launch on iOS 8 devices for the iPhone 5 on up. While some phones, like the HTC EVO, now have stereoscopic double cameras that can take slightly 3D photos, 3DAround looks like the real deal.