Photosynth 2

April 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Posted in Internet, Media, Online services, Software, Web Apps | 2 Comments

Back in 2007, I blogged about a TED presentation on Photosynth, an experimental technology that used geographic data captured by cameras with image stitching skills to create 3D environments from online still images. It also used screen resolution to massively speed loading of high megapixel images. Even embedded in a newspaper page.

Some aspects of that – image blending and screen resolution – have been released in a preliminary product from Microsoft Labs. http://photosynth.net/about.aspx

Basically, you take a panorama or sequence of images and upload them into the system. It stitches them and publishes it online.  Intro: http://photosynth.net/howtosynth.aspx There’s links to other Synths at the end.

Limits: It needs broadband and recent Windows to use. All Synths are public. And you have to join Windows Live.
http://photosynth.net/learn.aspx
IE and Firefox will ask to install a plugin to view them

More tips and stuff on their blog:
http://blogs.msdn.com/photosynth/

Cool – and they promise to make it more friendly to other browsers, platforms, etc. Have not tried it yet.

Ah, the days when you could pick and choose where you were present on the net….
David

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  1. You do need to create a Windows Live ID to create a synth, but no registration is required to view. Also, the viewer works great on Firefox (there’s a separate plugin for Firefox that comes in the single installer).

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  2. Hi Bert
    Thanks for the clarity. I updated the post – wasn’t sure from the site.
    I have an old “Passport” ID I use for managing subscriptions to MS Tech stuff that may work. Firefox called it an “unknown” plugin BTW. I’m less inclined to install something if I don’t know what it is, whoever the vendor. I’ve gotten stuff I didn’t want that way before.

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