MIT's Technology Review reports today on Microsoft's PhotoSynth technology applied to cell phones:
The software uses overlapping snapshots to build a photo-realistic 3-D model that can be spun around and viewed from any angle.
Where have we heard this before? From Autodesk Labs' own Photo Scene Editor for Project Photofly.
Microsoft even uses Autodeskian associative terminology: "Capturing an object in three dimensions needn't require the budget of Avatar." Come to think of it, few things in life require the budget of an Avatar.
Microsoft researcher Eric Stollnitz says, "We want everybody with a cell phone or regular digital camera to be able to capture 3-D objects." I'm sure Microsoft does, Mr Stollnitz. I'm just as sure Autodesk does not share your desire.
The good news is that the competition will make this class of software better for us.