For about the last 15 years, I have wanted to produce a driving simulator using actual video images. I've bought and used progressively better equipment for the last decade, though limited by a modest budget, to shoot stills and videos as I drive. Camera technology has improved enough to provide quality video streams easily and inexpensively, but a true simulator should allow more freedom of movement within the simulation than just a replay of pre-recorded clips. I think that would require a 3D model, with the video overlaying the model's forms. What I need is a program that could create this 3D model automatically, extracting all the required information from the video streams. This would allow someone to change lanes or angles of view within the virtual world created by my video clips. I don't know of any off-the-shelf software that could do this, I'm unable to write such code on my own and I've never put together a programming project. How would I go about hiring someone to write this program, and what might be an estimate of its cost? Am I even going about this with the right approach?
Pooua writes: "I would like to create a 3D world on a Website such that users could move around the world, zoom in and out and launch active content from the map. Long ago, I considered using VRML for this task. What sorts of software of this type exists today that is reliable and easy to use?"
Pooua writes: "IBM researchers have developed a nanophotonic switch 100x smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The goal is to use light instead of electrons to move data inside a computer chip. Previous IBM advances towards this goal are also mentioned."
Pooua writes: "A new, transparent plastic, made of clay and glue, is as strong as steel and as thin as a sheet of paper. It is built up of nanoscale clay structures applied in sheets with glue. It takes a few hours to build up the 300 layers used for a single sheet."
Pooua writes: "NASA and Google have teamed up to update Google's Moon map to match NASA's coordinate system. Additional multimedia content has been added to the site. From the "Moon Daily" website,
"New higher resolution lunar imagery and maps including NASA multimedia content now are available on the Google Moon Web site. Updates include new content from the Apollo missions, including dozens of embedded panoramic images, links to audio clips and videos, and descriptions of the astronauts' activities during the missions. The new content is overlaid on updated, higher-resolution lunar maps. Also added are detailed charts of different regions of the moon suitable for use by anyone simulating a lunar mission.
"'NASA's objective is for Google Moon to become a more accurate and useful lunar mapping platform that will be a foundation for future web-based moon applications, much like the many applications that have been built on top of Google Maps,' said Chris C. Kemp, director of strategic business development at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif."
Pooua writes: "SpaceRef reports that NASA and Arizona State University have teamed up to offer all of NASA's Apollo lunar images online at no charge. The images are scanned at high resolution, then offered as 16-bit TIFF or 8-bit PNG or ISIS files. The project is expected to take 3 years, but some images are already available. The ASU-NASA website is Arizona State University Apollo Image Archive"
Pooua writes: "Bill Gross, chairman of IdeaLab, has developed a 3D printing technology that could allow 3D printers to sell for under $1,000 in 4 years. The printers use powdered nylon that is melted by a halogen bulb to make 3D plastic objects.
Pooua writes: "Emery Berger, of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has developed a computer program that he claims greatly reduces the risk of application crashes and common hacker exploits by separating programs far apart from each other in RAM. Berger's program, called DieHard, is available at no charge for non-commercial use.