Thursday, August 21, 2008


Photosynth reports: [edited]

Imagine being able to share the places and things you love using the cinematic quality of a movie, the control of a video game, and the mind-blowing detail of the real world. With nothing more than a bunch of photos, Photosynth creates an amazing new experience.

It can capture the sweeping scale of a mile of the Grand Canal in Venice, and focus in on the exquisite rot at the waterline of a beautifully decaying palazzo doorway.

Want to share your amazing new room with your friends — after all what justice do a bunch of thumbnails do for a room that took you a month to decorate? And it’s not just for spaces and places. Photosynth is an amazing way to share the full juicy details of the stuff in your life.

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Brett's 2p'orth: This is a Microsoft Live Labs project, using 'Seadragon', a technology that identifies common features in multiple photographs and uses them to work out how the images relate to one another before stitching them together as a 3D map.

For more about the technology, click here and for a 'hands-on' report click here.


conradgempf said...

Reminds me of one of the features of Canoma... which was killed off shortly after the Mac version appeared...

But watching Microsoft's demo of Venice, I think this is the coolest thing I've seen Microsoft do since... well... ever.

conradgempf said...