Announcing Microsoft Live Labs Photosynth Technology Preview

Welcome to ‘Photosynth’, Microsoft Live Labs first major Technology Preview. The team is very happy to give you a sneak peek at our latest work which we’ll be demonstrating next Wednesday 8/2 at SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston.

Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-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 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.

We plan on releasing some collections for you to see and experience yourself in the very near future, so add us to your RSS reader and check back often for updates. We’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions and help us shape Photosynth over the months and years to come. In the meantime, take a look at the videos and learn a little bit more about how Photosynth works.

Curious about who we are? We’re a team of Microsoft scientists and engineers on a mission to fundamentally rethink the internet experience, experiment with entirely new paradigms and change the world through ideas and software. Our founder Dr. Gary Flake, started Live Labs in February 2006 and since then many members of the team have been working around the clock to develop their concepts into a reality. Photosynth is just the start of what we hope will be a series of technologies that will change the way you use the internet.

Thanks for visiting!
The Photosynth Team.


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