PhotoSynth is a 3-D image “tourism” application being developed by Microsoft Research. Channel 9 has a preview of the application which can “map” public 2D images (like Flickr) to 3D space (like Second Life). Here’s a Live Demo and White Paper (pdf).
It’s a product in development and not ready for general consumption, but a beta could be ready for download this fall.
Imagine Google Earth with photos mapped onto 3D building models. Those photos can be shot from a thousand different camera angles and by hundreds of different photographers. They’re fused together into a 3D flyby with PhotoSynth.
By displaying screen resolution, fast zooming on images and locations is possible — only part of a huge picture file need be downloaded. Photosynch combines vector with bit mapped data for fast, smooth zooming, up to 1000-to-1 (or more).
Originally called Sand Codex (PowerPoint), it appears to fuse the technologies like Keyhole and the Social Canvas Zoom Server (infinite zooming on photo files) with Microsoft’s MapCruncher, Pyramid Vision‘s VideoFlashlight (above) and UCSD’s Reality Flythrough.
University of Oregon has 40,000 glass-plate negatives in their Special Collections. They are being scanned and blown up revealing astonishing details of a bygone era. It appears they may use Sea Dragon software to zoom (continuously) into tiny segments of an image.
Canon’s CanoScan 4400F flatbed scanner ($99), features 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution with a built-in film adapter for 35mm negatives and mounted slides while the CanoScan 9950F ($399) supports 4×5 negatives.
Imagine a walking tour through cities and countrysides assembled from 100 year-old photographs.
Sea Dragon had 10 employees and was founded in Princeton, N.J., in 2003 by Blaise Agüera y Arcas, then a graduate student at Princeton.
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