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Monday, October 30, 2006

PictureCloud: Still Photos to 3D Objects

PictureCloud is a service that allows users to take regular, still pictures and turn them into rotatable 3D objects. The concept is promising, but the slight glitch is that you have to take 20-30 photos of an object from many different angles to get a good 3D reproduction. You don't have to register to use PictureCloud, but they'll only host your picture cloud for 1 year at the free level. Once you're done uploading, you'll get a piece of HTML code that you can use to stick your picture cloud on your site. A premium level is available at 99 cents per picture cloud and increases hosting to 3 years. You can take the tour here.

For the power photographers out there, PictureCloud might be cool to play with, but unless there are a lot of amateur photographers willing to take dozens of photos of the same object, I see a limited market for the service. On the plus side, there wasn't any sign of a user community. The missing social dimension is actually rather novel in these Web 2.0 times.

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