Nov 132006

Microsoft has demonstrated a wonderful new program, Photosynth, at the recent Web 2.0 conference.

It’s a bit hard to explain in words – much better to view this video of a demonstration given by Microsoft’s Gary Flake – but this is what Microsoft’s site says about it:

Our software takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed three-dimensional space.

With Photosynth you can:

  • Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle.
  • Seamlessly zoom in or out of a photo whether it’s megapixels or gigapixels in size.
  • See where pictures were taken in relation to one another.
  • Find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing.
  • Send a collection – or a particular view of one – to a friend.

The potential applications are tremendous – it’s hard to see who couldn’t benefit from this, from archaeologists and architects to zoologists. Looks great fun too!

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