Posted by: kurtsh | November 17, 2006

BETA: Microsoft Photosynth – Photographic stitching & 3D modeling tools

I guess this went public so it shouldn’t be a big deal to post this.   We’ve been using this tool internally for a while now since it was announced at our company meeting a year ago – one of the geeky fringe benefits of working at the company, I guess.

Microsoft Research has been working with the University of Washington to create 3D models of areas like school campuses, vacation spots, and other places that you’d like to visit virtually however don’t want to look at lousy vector-driven recreations of the buildings and historical monuments. 

Microsoft Photosynth is essentially the culmination of this project.  It’s a web-based service that works in tandem with some locally installed Windows software (an ActiveX control) for user-side computation that takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed three-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 photo whether it’s megapixels or gigapixels in size.
  • See where pictures were taken in relation to one another.
  • Find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing.
  • Send a collection – or a particular view of one – to a friend.

It’s free so give it a look-see!


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