Photosynth: Dizzying 3D Photomerging from Microsoft

OK, we love 3D. Truly.
And photomerging is one of the most fun things to do when it happens right. there is a certain satisfaction when it appears to be a seamless stitching of multiple images.
But this is a whole new animal.
Yep it one of those 93% applications ( meaning PC) but check out the vid here to get a sense of it.

And it’s now available to consumers. You. Anyone. With about 20gb of onlinestorage. Of course you will have to shoot min. 85 pix of any one scene to get the full experience and more is better.
Let us know what you think. It felt a little dizzying to us, physically, but maybe we should see what everyone comes up with

Here is the press release:
Welcome to Photosynth
Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 7:20 PM by synthy
We’re pleased to announce the first full release of Photosynth, available now at Photosynth takes a collection of regular photographs and reconstructs the scene or object in a 3-D environment. For those of you who have seen the videos or tried our tech preview, you could experience synths that we made in the lab and get a feel for what Photosynth is and how it works. But now, for the first time ever you can create synths from your own pictures and share them with your friends. Explore great synths from others or create a few of your own.

Don’t know where to start? Check out these great synths available today:
(by the way, the site was so overwhelemed when we checked it out, these were not available yet)
National Geographic did an a great synth of Stonehenge. Normally you are not allowed inside the center ring of Stonehenge, but their photographers got special permission so you can experience it here. Can you find the rabbit living at the base of one of the stones?
Ever wanted to check out a Ferrari 575 Superamerica up close? We snuck into the local dealership and shot a synth just for you.
You don’t need to go to all the way to London to see the London skyline—you can see it right here at Legoland
Imagine stumbling across a guy proposing to his girlfriend right in the middle of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Now imagine making a synth of it.
While there are plenty of interesting synths to check out already, the best ones will come from you. If you need help creating a killer synth, check out our photography guide for some tips. Or just watch our short how to synth video which gives you a quick overview of the best way to take pictures that will make a good synth.

Because Photosynth is so new, you will probably run into an occasional bug or hiccup. Whether you have a brilliant idea or find a bug, please let us know. We’ll do our best to address them.

And be sure to keep watching this space, where we’ll share what we’ve learned about making great synths, talk with some members of the Photosynth team, provide synthing suggestions for advanced users and point you to some of the cooler synths that people are building.

Former New York Jets Quarterback Joe Namath once said “When you have fun, you can do amazing things.” We sure hope you have as much fun using Photosynth as we’ve had building it. ”

Remember that Cloud reference in the video. We’ll be talking about that new word in our lexicon next week.


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