Watch this mind-blowing demonstration of 3-Sweep, a new technology that can extract objects out of any photograph with the move of a mouse. In fact, it even allows to move around objects in any image. It looks impossible, but it was demonstrated at Siggraph Asia, one of the largest conferences in image science.
It was predicted that computer graphics would one day give everyone the ability to create their own blockbuster film. But the software used for modern visual effects is still pretty complicated for the average user. At least until this magical software that can almost instantly turn a still photo into a 3D model is available.
Demonstrated at Siggraph Asia 2013, the software only requires the user to define the three dimensions of an object in a photo by swiping along them with a mouse cursor. Everything else, from generating and texturing the 3D model, to extracting it from the 2D photograph, are all handled by the software. It does away with the need for 3D scanners, multiple images, complex interfaces, and most importantly: artistic talent. [YouTube via Stu Maschwitz (Twitter)]