Capturing the reality as-built for various purposes (renovation, energy analysis, add-on design, etc.) is now becoming possible using your standard digital camera thanks to advanced computer vision technologies developed by Autodesk, called Camera Factory, and now made available through Project Photofly.
Project Photofly is a technology preview of automatically converting photographs shot around an object or a scene into "Photo Scenes" using the power of cloud computing. The photographs can be shot with any standard digital camera, as long as you follow some shooting guidelines.
The Photo Scene Editor for Project Photofly is a small application that you download and install on your Windows computer. This application allows you to submit your photographs to the Project Photofly servers and view the Photo Scenes returned by the Project Photofly servers. You can save a Photo Scene in its native format, RZI (Autodesk ImageModeler 2009 format), or export the scene to the DWG or FBX file format.
The Photo Scene Editor executable will operate until August 1, 2011.
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Right now the Project Photofly server creates a sparse point cloud - just enough to determine the camera locations for the pictures. This is sufficient to model with by overlaying points, lines, and measurements in 3D using the Photo Scene Editor. At Autodesk University 2010, Autodesk Labs demonstrated a Project Photofly service and Photo Scene Editor, still under development, that creates a 3D mesh from the pictures