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Three-dimensional (3-D) object models are currently used in CAD/CAM, robotics, remote sensing, etc. The models (images) can be either directly acquired by using special devices such as range finders, CTR scanners, etc., or they can be recovered from a series of two-dimensional (2-D) images of the object. In this paper, the authors propose a method for determining a set of reference pixels in two simultaneous views of the same object, using two cameras, by projecting a pseudorandom encoded grid on the object. The grid nodes and their encoding values are extracted from 2-D images by applying first a smoothing and then a watershed algorithm. The pseudorandom information encoded in the grid nodes is used to match corresponding sets of points of the two 2-D images. The set of matched points are further used to calculate the disparity of each point of the object surface. Experimental examples illustrate the performance of this simple and elegant technique.