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Photosynth – Synthesis of Photos

June 25, 2007

In this story “From here to cyberspace“, Mr. Thompson used Photosynth as an example, regarding the future of the social sharing sites. Photosynth, developed by Microsoft Live Lab, uses a new technology to play with photos, which allows you to:

  • 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.

(from the official site)

Sounds like Web 3.0. A 3D data mapping. This idea can be extended to other areas that deal with masses of data, not just for entertainment.

Here is the demo presented in TED 2007 this March. It’s pretty long, 9.5 min, but you can ignore the last 2 minutes.

(Hey, the speaker used “Bleak House” as one of examples. 🙂 I just watched the BBC’s adaption)

Currently you can download Photosynth Technology Preview and then you can try out their collections. This preview has certain requirement in your system, especially in graphic card. Those Visa-ready ones will not have problem to run this. For Mac users, the preview can be run in Intel-based Macs but you need to boot into Windows to try it. Only two web browsers, IE and Firefox, are supported (at least, not just limited to IE 😛 ).

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