Microsoft have finally released the first public version of Photosynth, that meshes many photos of the same place together into a 3D Landscape. I have played with Photosynth in the past and have talked about it on this blog. It’s a hugely impressive technology and I can’t wait to use it in earnest. Sadly it’s only available on Windows at the moment, and sadly it wont even work on Windows running on VMWare! Hopefully they’ll launch cross platform versions of the software soon …
The BBC is performing a technical trial of the PhotoSynth technology as part of it’s How We Made Britain television series. You can find out more about the trial here, and you can view the synths at http://labs.live.com/photosynth/bbc/ , for a list of all the collections related to the TV series click here – This list contains Ely Cathedral, Burghley House, Royal Crescent in Bath, Blackpool Ballroom, Scottish Parliament Building and Trafalgar Square
The level of detail in all these Synth’s is amazing and the technology provides a wonderfully intuitive way of exploring these buildings and places. PhotoSynth continues to impress and I can’t wait to find out when MS intend to launch desktop versions of the tool that we can use at home with our own library of photo’s.
I also found this Synth of Gyeongbok Palace in Korea, it’s stunning!
There’s some really interesting stuff coming out of Microsoft Research at the moment. I’ve already talked about Photosynth on this blog which is an incredible technology. Microsoft have also just released into beta a new high definition panoramic viewer that can handle pictures as large as several gigapixels. Here’s a video explaining how this technology works, much like PhotoSynth I suspect it’s possibly also based on Seadragon … the results are stunning:
You can try out HDView for yourselves, here – You do have to download the plugin and it only works on XP/Vista using Internet Explorer