Epic Games’ Reality Capture Transforms 2D iPhone Photos Into 3D Models

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This isn’t the first of its kind, but it certainly is an awesome option for iPhone photographers that want a quick 3D render.

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Photo by Vinicius “amnx” Amano

None other than Epic Games just released an app in beta format called Reality Capture that is capable of transforming your standard 2D photo into a 3D model.

It works by taking multiple pictures of the item from various angles and then translating these images into a 3D object. What can you do with it from there? You can export the 3D model to Epic Games’ Sketchfab, Engadget reports, and take it from there. And it gets a little more interesting from here.

Users can upload their 3D models for others to use in their creations and for a price. As many articles have highlighted, and we completely agree, the immediate application in video game development is apparent but there’s really no telling how many different directions this kind of thing could go. For readers that might not be aware of Epic Games, their Unreal Engine 5 is a pretty big deal in game development as well as in creating graphical backdrops in film and tv. An android version of the app is on the way later this year while the iOS version will be in limited testing until spring when it will officially roll out to the general public.

We recently discussed a similar technology from NVIDIA. If you missed that article, you can catch up on it at this link.

We’d love to know your opinion of Reality Capture in the comments below.

Here are some other photography news on Light Stalking at this link right here.

[Engadget]

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