Microsoft's Photosynth is a very exciting application being developed by Microsoft. I have been eagerly awaiting them to complete their technical trial for months so I can have a play!
How Microsoft describes Photosynth:
"Our software takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed three-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 photo whether it's megapixels or gigapixels in size.
* See where pictures were taken in relation to one another.
* Find similar photos to the one you're currently viewing.
* Send a collection - or a particular view of one - to a friend.
See a video tour of the photosynth here
How We Built Britain
The BBC managed to jump into bed with Microsoft very early on for the online proposition of “How we built Britain”. The website which accompanies the TV series takes thousands of images from tourists submitted to flickr, to build a three-dimensional panorama that you can pan and zoom into.
You can still upload pictures to Flickr to join in.
Visit the website to view some of the first Photosynthed images here.
The site includes a wide range of modern and classical buildings from around the country, everything from the Royal Crescent in Bath to the Blackpool Ballroom. Photosynth for the first time allows photography to really capture the scale of a location and reflect the true magnificence of some of our greatest buildings.
The next time you visit a National Trust property remember to snap like crazy so you too can make the best of Photosynth.
I might just need to get myself a few more memory cards.
- Paul Williams