PC 'rebuilds Rome in a day' using pictures from Flickr

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3D models of famous landmarks such as Rome's Colosseum have been recreated using millions of pictures from photo-sharing websites such as Flickr.

The images were analysed by a modified home PC and detailed models created in less than a day.

The team behind the system think it may help preserve heritage sites, ensuring they don't end up swamped by tourists.

It was created by a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina and the Swiss university ETH-Zurich.

The technique of using millions of photos to recreate detailed scenes has previously been demonstrated by Microsoft with its PhotoSynth technology....

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