The Seene from Alcatraz

You probably already know about my obsession with weird photo apps. In my never ending hunt for new tools I’ve stumbled upon a fantastic app called Seene. Seene captures an image, then builds a 3D model to texture map that image on to. It’s not always perfect, but if you play around with it for a bit you can really get the hang for what sort of scenes work best. The tech is really impressive either way.



For the past year I’ve been really focused on my 3D City photo project. Before that I’ve consulted with companies like Dekko who were solving the problem of capturing 3D data using a single cell phone lens, similar to how Seene are doing their thing. Without getting too hyperbolic, I really believe that 3D images (similar to what Seene and Dekko were doing) will become the next big thing in mobile cameras. For now these services are using just the single cell phone lens, but I’m sure it won’t be long before cameras come loaded with a separate infrared sensors (or possible Lytro’s light field technology) to capture a limited amount of spatial data along with every single photo you take. Google’s Project Tango will be just the first amongst many 3D scanning phones.

You know what, I didn’t mean to go off on a rant. The whole purpose of this post was just to show some of the Seene’s I captured during a recent trip to Alcatraz. I’m embedding these on the blog, which should show some sort of wigglegram effect by default (or move your cursor over the image to reposition it) but I really think the images work best in Seenes beautiful app, where you can tilt your device for a more powerful effect. You can find me on there as “DocPop“. Share your username in the comments below so I can see what you are up to as well.