Have you seen this yet? No? Well I suggest you sit up and take note, because this is COOL technology at it's very best. Imagine, for example, being in St Mark's Square in Venice, with beautiful buildings all around, and you are happily snapping away with your digital camera. Now, imagine stitching those photos together, to form one big 360 degree photo. Now imagine being able to combine this with photos that other people have taken of buildings and surroundings from St Mark's Square, from different angles and at different times. Imagine being able to rapidly move around and look at all those pictures as if you were moving your head around, zoom in, zoom out, or, better still, imagine flying around to different vantage points to get the best view of the Square.
Well, imagine no more, because that technology is here, and it is pretty darn cool.
Now who can put it better than the Photosynth team themselves:
"Photosynth combines hundreds or thousands of regular digital photos of a scene to present a detailed 3D model, giving viewers the sensation of smoothly gliding around the scene from every angle. The scene can be constructed regardless of whether the photos are from a single or multiple sources. It’s like a hybrid of a slide show and a gaming experience that lets the viewer zoom in to see greater detail or zoom out for a more expansive view. By viewing the photos in a 3D context you are able to get a better sense for the place where they were captured"
You can't make your own collection just yet - remember, this is just the start. This is the first time the public have been able to see it, and I'm giving you the link!
According to the Photosynth guys, this particular example is a collection of photos is taken at Piazza San Marco. Dating back to the 9th century, the piazza grew to its current size and shape in 1177. Historically, it was the location of all important Venetian state offices, and the site has always been viewed as the center of Venice.
It is dominated by the Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge's Palace, and the Campanile. The piazza is frequently flooded by high tides since it is the lowest point in the city, but luckily that didn't happen during the ten days these photos were taken!
Firstly, an apology - my posting frequency has dropped dramatically over the last 2 weeks, and with only