Remember the scene in Bladerunner where Harrison Ford’s character used his multi-function TV thingy to create a three dimensional view of a two dimensional photograph so that he could go poking around in the scene in search of clues? At the time, I was pretty skeptical because I didn’t think there could be enough three dimensional information embedded in a two dimensional photograph to do what he was doing in the film.
Turns out I was wrong. Some very smart people at Stanford have put together a sweet algorithm that takes regular two dimensional photos and turns them into three dimensional scenes. They have a web site that allows you to upload your own photographs so you can try their warez out for yourself.