Reconstructing the shape of a deformable object from a single image is a challenging problem, even when a 3D template shape is available. Many different methods have been proposed for this problem, however what they have in common is that they are only able to reconstruct the part of the surface which is visible in a reference image.
In contrast, we are interested in recovering the full shape of a deformable 3D object. We introduce a new method designed to reconstruct closed surfaces. This type of surface is better suited for representing objects with volume. Our method relies on recent advances in silhouette based reconstruction methods to obtain the template from a reference image. This template is then deformed in order to fit the mea- surements of a new input image. We combine an inextensibility prior on the deformation with powerful image measurements, in the form of silhouette and area constraints, to make our method less reliant on point correspondences.
We show reconstruction results for different object classes, such as animals or hands, that have not been previously attempted with existing template methods.
Balloon shapes: reconstructing and deforming objects with volume from images
Sara Vicente and Lourdes Agapito.
In International Conference on 3D Vision (3DV), 2013.