07 February 2007

How to measure anything with a camera and software for $99

"Quick, when I say iPhoto, you think of what. Apple, right? Difficult as it may be, forget Apple for a second and add the word "measure" as in iPhotoMEASURE. What is it? Well, what if I told you that you could use a digital camera, even a cell-phone camera, along with some software to measure any items you can snap a picture of? The solution is the iPhotoMEASURE application that I just heard about. Although it's really geared towards contractors, Realtors and the like, there's a number of consumer applications that make this a compelling product.

First off, the "secret sauce" of the solution is called a "DigiTarget". The DigiTarget gives everything in your photo a frame of reference; it's a single sheet of paper with a 7.5 x 7.5-inch square on it. A 15-inch square version is also available for outdoor measurements. Simply print off a free DigiTarget, affix it to something in your photo scene and snap a pic. The iPhotoMEASURE software uses the DigiTarget to compute the measurements of items in your photo and the company claims that any distance in the picture can be measured with up to 99.5% accuracy. Conceptually, it makes sense since the software has that 7.5- or 15-inch frame of reference."

Read the rest of the blog posting at the link above or click below for the link to the company that makes the software:

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