Now I know it has been a while since I have posted anything, and for those regular readers (1 or 2 of you!), it must have seemed like an eternity.  The reason behind my lack of recent posts lies with a week’s holiday I spent in Miami, followed by a week in Orlando, attending the Microsoft Global eXchange.  You may be thinking, “Why is he talking about this?”  Well, conveniently, this post talks about a product that I saw previewed at MGX, and I thought it was worth sharing.  Now I'm aware that this is now public knowledge, but it’s still a cool topic!

Basically, Microsoft Live Labs have developed a piece of software, Photosynth, which takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space.  According to the Live Labs website, with Photosynth, you can:

  • walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle;
  • seamlessly zoom in or out of a photograph even if it's gigapixels in size;
  • see where pictures were taken in relation to one another;
  • find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing;
  • explore a custom tour or see where you’ve been; or
  • send a collection to a friend

These features sound pretty darn cool to me.  According to the article found on CNet News, Mr Richard Szeliski, who leads the Interactive Visual Media Group at Microsoft, states Photosynth has the potential to create a complete virtual world made up of the world's photos.  I knew there would be a mention of ‘Virtual’ in there somewhere!

You can visit the official Photosynth website, where you can stream a cool video which demonstrates Photosynth in all its glory.  Alternatively, you can download the video in 3 different sizes; 320x180 (26MB), 640x360 (55MB), 1280x720 (155MB).  You can also take the Photosynth Tour.

Personally, I think this look awesome.  I hope you like what you see.