Microsoft Photosynth stitches the world together

Posted on Saturday, Aug 23 2008 @ 15:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft rolled out Photosynth, this application allows you to turn a collection of photos into a 3D world in which you can walk around.
You can share or relive a vacation destination or explore a distant museum or landmark. With nothing more than a digital camera and some inspiration, you can use Photosynth to transform regular digital photos into a three-dimensional, 360-degree experience. Anybody who sees your synth is put right in your shoes, sharing in your experience, with detail, clarity and scope impossible to achieve in conventional photos or videos.
I tested this application a day ago and it was pretty impressive but while I was writing this article Microsoft's servers were completely jammed. Here's a Photosynth of Stonehenge but you can't really see much as it took the program forever to render the image:

You can give Photosynth a try by downloading the plugin over here. You can then create your own Photosynths or check out some nice examples like the ones over at the National Geographic channel.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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