Photosynth Gets a Little Competition

Since its announcement in 2006, we mentioned Microsoft's Photosynth quite a few times. Over the weekend, Slashdot discussed a story named Photosynth Gets a Little Competition.

Their summary: "Using existing open-source Structure From Motion Libraries and incorporating a WebGL pointcloud viewer, we have created a new website called 3dtubeme.com that allows users to create and share on the web amazing 3d models using virtually any digital camera. Point clouds are dramatically denser than Photosynth, and best of all... it works on any WebGL browser!"

Re: Photosynth Gets a Little Competition

I don't mean to steal Ólafur and Cesar's thunder. Their service is absolutely worth checking out. 

If it interests you, though, you may also find these other webservices to be of interest: 

ARC3D (VRML Viewer)
PhotoCity
 (Flash Viewer: Sparse Point Clouds; JPG Screenshots + YouTube videos of Dense Reconstructions)
Hypr3D (Flash Viewer: Low-polygon textured mesh; Dense point cloud + mesh upon request)
My3DScanner (No Online Viewer; Dense point clouds)

Online Interactive's CloudCaster Lite (Flash Viewer for Dense point clouds, but no reconstruction service)

Other places to keep up to date with developments in photogrammetry: 
Photosynth Forum: Rivals Discussion
Photogrammetry Forum (courtesy of the same Ólafur Haraldsson who co-founded 3DTubeMe)

Cheers!
Nate Lawrence

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Nate,

Thanks for your review. Actually I tried ARC 3D and they do not have online in browser viewer: you download VRML viewer as part of the software. Same with My3DScanner: you download a free viewer or can use Cortona browser-independent VRML viewer. Hypr3D is not operationall I guess.

So it is good idea to use WEB GL (I think 3dtubeme actually uses XB PointStream which is open source) which is not supported by Internet Explorer.

Scott

Re: Photosynth Gets a Little Competition

Nate,

Thanks for your review. You are right: I tried ARC 3D and they do not have online in browser viewer: you download VRML viewer as part of the software. Same with My3DScanner: you download a free viewer. Hypr3D is not operationall I guess.

So it is good idea to use WEB GL (I think 3dtubeme uses XB PointStream which is open source) which is not supported by Internet Explorer.