New Technology Could Turn Your Old Photos Into 3D Images

archaeology technology 3D historical photographs

Scientists from the University College London have developed software that can take an ordinary image and make it three dimensional.


The computer program, which maps depths between objects, has wide ranging implications for self driving cars and other amazing futuristic gadgetry as well as for historical research.  It works on old color photographs taken with ordinary cameras.  For more information, listen to our latest podcast “Wine and Human Sacrifice, all in 3D.”


The code is free to anyone wanting to use it for noncommercial purposes, so if you’d like to give it a try, here’s a link. https://github.com/mrharicot/monodepth


We here at the Archaeology Almanac are going to be testing the program on some of our favorite images in the upcoming weeks.  We’ll let you know how it goes.  


And now, a quick disclaimer - we are not in any way affiliated with the code or the people or institutions that created it.  If you choose to use the code we hope you enjoy it, but you are fully responsible for any adventures you might have.  We make no warranties, guarantees, or another kind of tees express or implied.

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