Microsoft finally launches Photosynth – a world of 3D picture fun

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photosynth.jpgI’ve been waiting for this bugger for a long time. Finally, after having being teased mercilessly two years ago in the Microsoft Seadragon video, Gates Ballmer & Sons has finally released Photosynth for you and me to use at will. Thank the Big One (Many Ones if you subscribe to a polytheism and No One if an atheist).

If not in the know, Photosynth is an application and browser plugin that creates essentially 3D images from a collection of gathered 2D photos. Naturally, it’s no good if the pictures are not of the same subject but let’s say you go to Flickr and grab a load of people’s holiday snaps of the Taj Mahal. Photosynth automatically puts them all together for you, with all the different angles and annoying tourists that got into the shots, and creates something rather incredible.

Now, I would dearly love to show you the results but that would involve me installing Photosynth – as well as you of course – but, as you may have seen from my Twitter, my PC is currently under attack. If I try to do anything else to it other than blog, I’ve a terrible feeling it’s going to explode. So, instead, sit back, relax and enjoy the movie…

Not the most electric of demo videos I’ve ever seen but you get the picture, or an amalgamated one in this case.

As soon as I’ve sorted me out a re-install, I’m getting right on this shit and I’d advise you to do the same. As the erudite Ryan Ash from Gearfuse said:

Microsoft might make shitty operating systems but the company continues to innovate in other areas of the technology world.

Couldn’t agree more.

Photosynth

(via Read Write Web & Gearfuse)

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