Last year on WIRED Science, Microsoft Labs’ genius-with-the-Spanish-conjunction-in-his-name, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, peacocked the futurey looking properties of Photosynth. Basically, Photosynth stitches together any numberof photos of a specific location to create an incredibly detailed photographic environment. It does this by matching attributes of whatever is being captured and aligning each photo to fill in a different part of the area until you have an almost 3-D rendering. This technology is possible thanks to Aguera y Arcas’ other major project, “Seadragon,” which allows users to browse mountains of visual data regardless of memory or bandwidth. Usually you’d expect that the creator of such Nerd manna could be easily pinned down into the “stop hitting yourself” position, but Blaise looks like he could throw down.
Ultimately, if enough images were cataloged, we would have virtual environments of the entire world at our ever fattening fingertips. Your wearisome tourist snapshots would be an accidental part of a massive photo aggregation with millions of jerks you’ve never met. How exciting is that?? That means that even thepicture you took in Paris last year of the French Magnum, P.I. poster
would actually be a useful part of an informative whole.
Photosynth is now available to the masses (minus the Mac-sses; PC ONLY). Go on, sign up, and create your own synth. You can check out this youtube Photosynth sizzle reel and/or watch the aforementioned WiSci clip featuring the Sriracha spicy Zaya Tong.