July 28, 2006

PhotoSynth Technology Preview

Microsoft has announced some cool new collaborative photography software in the form of PhotoSynth on the Live Labs web site.
http://labs.live.com/photosynth

Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-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 photograph even if it is gigapixels in size
  • see where pictures were taken in relation to one another
  • find similar photos to the one you're currently viewing
  • explore a custom tour or see where you've been
  • send a collection to a friend

http://labs.live.com/photosynth/blogs/Announcing%2BMicrosoft%2BLive%2BLabs%2BPhotosynth%2BTechnology%2BPreview.aspx

The site includes videos describing the technology and the manner in which it was developed - a collaboration between MSR, Live Labs, the recently acquired Seadragon team, and the Windows PIX Team.

PhotoSynth really embodies the kind of innovative, next-generation photo experience that many folks at Microsoft have been noodling on for some time.

Posted by Jorgen Thelin at July 28, 2006 11:00 PM - [PermaLink]