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Can you use blocks to reconstruct a building from three different two-dimensional views of the three-dimensional building? Come try our “building viewpoint” challenges!
Using a series of two-dimensional perspectives, it can be
possible to extrapolate the original three-dimensional structure being shown.
This principle has a number of real-world applications.
Perhaps the most well-known is the “bullet-time” special effect used most
famously in “The Matrix.” By photographing the same scene or object from
multiple angles, filmmakers are able to use computers to create a virtual
three-dimensional model, and then show that model from different angles.
Lately, some toy companies have begun using a similar idea.
By taking photographs of yourself from multiple angles, the company can create
a three-dimensional model of you, and then use that to create a customized toy
or figurine that looks like you.
These ideas have more practical applications as well. For
example, seafood companies can use cameras that photograph oysters from
multiple perspectives to generate 3-D models of the oysters, which can tell
them the approximate volume and weight of the oysters much more quickly than
they could by actually individually measuring them all.
As you complete this puzzle, here are some questions to
If you would like to try this at home. Here are some of the puzzles (PDF files).
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