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3D Rome built in a day using 150,000 Flickr photos

Hundreds of thousand of photos uploaded to Flickr have been used to create 3D models of the major historical sites in Rome as well as other European cities.

The team used a specially-devised algorithm to detect and arrange photos showing various angles of the same building. The same algorithm then analysed these images – taking into account the viewpoint of the photographer – to produce composite 3D models

Rome’s most famous landmarks were generated in less than 24 hours from 150,000 photos, while 250,000 images were scanned to make 3D models of Venice.

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