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Comment From 2D to 3D (Score 1) 136 136

Actually, these steps are highly interesting and it's the future of representing our world "as we see it". Photography claims to be a more objective way of representing the world around us (let's say in comparison to drawings/ paintings). The photographer still has abundant power over the framing of a scene and the timing of his capture.
Why not capture an entire scene over a period of time in 3d? The viewer can then choose his objective standpoint. This is certainly the objective for crime reconstruction.

Saying this, I don't think we're there yet: how would this system work in scenes where surfaces (such as walls) are in uniform colour: no features for tracking.
At the present state you still have to project visual markers into the scene (laser, structured light or whatever) in order to extract the 3d-structure of the scene. Otherwise it's a pretty poor "we're here" visual reprentation of our surroundings.

Often statistics are used as a drunken man uses lampposts -- for support rather than illumination.