by Sam Ramji on January 24, 2007 03:00am

Today I got an email from Adam Sheppard, who leads development of Photosynth.  If you haven’t seen Photosynth yet… it may be because you use Firefox and not IE. That is no longer an obstacle for those curious about the next generation of photo-management technology.

It’s a visually stunning browser-based application which lets you explore a collection of photos by navigating through an inferred 3-dimensional model of the space the photos were taken in.  For example – take 500 photos of St. Mark’s Square in Venice, turn them over to Photosynth’s feature extraction and 3-D processing engine, and you get this:

The first tech preview was built for IE only.  Today the team has launched the Firefox version of Photosynth.  As a Firefox user myself, I’m glad to be able to show this great application off at home.  It’s a 5.5 MB install, and you’ll need to grant permission to labs.live.com as a plug-in source (at least temporarily).

Hats off to the Photosynth team for shipping a great application on multiple browsers!  And Adam – let us know when we can put our own collections into Photosynth ;)

Cheers,

Sam