Viewfinder -- Photos in Google Earth

Viewfinder - Integrate Photos in a 3D World Model

Viewfinder is an interesting technology that wants to bring photos to software like Google Earth and display them as part of the satellite imagery.
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Demo video showing the possibilities of Viewfinder.

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Basics - “Finding the Pose” of a Photo

Figure 1. Three sets of parameters needed to pose a photo in 3D.

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Pose-Finding: Two Solutions

Figure 2. Specifying x, y, and z variables.

Figure 3. Locking down x, y, and z variables.

Figure 4. Point correspondences between 2D photo and 3D model.

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Results to Date

Figure 5. Interface for step one of the 2D-to-2D approach.

Figure 6. Interface for step two of the 2D-to-2D approach.

Figure 7. Proof of concept for the 2D-to-3D approach.

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