Using photos of the world's natural and human wonders like Notre Dame and ancient Mayan ruins scraped from around the Web, Photosynth creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that showcase the future of the Web. Its creator, Microsoft's Blaise Aguera y Arcas, takes us on a mind-blowing tour, diving into a freefall, racing over wild rivers and mountains, and watch as a speck becomes a gargoyle.
Photosynth is a way to view photos on a computer, taking a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzing them for similarities, and then displays the photos in a reconstructed three-dimensional space, showing you how each one relates to the next. You can access gigabytes of photos in seconds, view a scene from nearly any angle, find similar photos with a single click, and zoom in to make the smallest detail as big as your monitor.
Photosynth provides an immersive interface, where you can walk up to any photograph in a scene and look through the eyes of the photographer. Photosynth provides easy controls for exploring a collection of photos in 3D with a click of a mouse. Seeing your photos displayed in 3D changes the way you think of taking—and viewing—pictures. Add the ability to see your pictures together with those taken by other people and you’ll start to see the possibilities.
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’s 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; or
-send a collection to a friend.
3D game buffs already know how to use Photosynth. It's a technolgy preview of things to come.
Seadragon is nothing less than to change the way we use screens, from wall-sized displays to mobile devices, so that visual information can be smoothly browsed regardless of the amount of data involved or the bandwidth of the network.
The actual application will be launched in the near future. So stay stuned and visit the official web site to check it out for yourself.
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