If you haven’t heard of Photosynth before, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. But the next time you’re under that rock, take a picture, and share it with the world.
Today, the team has released the public technology preview so the whole world can see what the fuss has all been about. Although the preview is only limited to several predefined ‘spaces’, and you cannot add your own photographic resources to the project, but that doesn’t make this any less interesting than it already was.
The thing that surprised me the most is the use of a web browser environment. I never thought the browser had so much power to be capable of processing such tasks, but the Live Labs team has made it possible. And this opens up a whole new range of opportunities for Microsoft and online photo services like Flickr. Flickr’s implementation of geotagging would be made complete redundant if a technology such as this were to be implemented. Everything is automated and perfect.
Without further ado, let me show you what Photosynth is about. Or you could try it for yourself. Please note, the images were not pre-cached, so everything’s pretty much live. Notice how fast it loads the pictures, and I’m 10000km away!
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