Old Photosynth


Or skip the background information below and jump directly to my Photosynth page.

Below is an extract from Wikipedia about Photosynth

Photosynth is a software application from Microsoft Live Labs and the University of Washington that analyzes digital photographs and generates a three-dimensional model of the photos and a point cloud of a photographed object. Pattern recognition components compare portions of images to create points, which are then compared to convert the image into a model. Users are able to view and generate their own models using a software tool available for download at the Photosynth website.

It is a phenomenal piece of software which had me absolutely amazed when I first used it. It was very easy to use, and just did what it set out to do.

It is good for small panoramas such as Vancouver Docks. It is amazing when you just chuck almost 500 photos at it and it resolves most of them into the view from Vancouver's Lookout Tower. I think it would have been a full 360degree view if I had done it all at the same time. I had already used some of the images in Part A as a test, so they were not included in the full run. As to be expected, it does take a long time to upload and process so many images, but I think the result is worth it.

The software can be downloaded from the Photosynth web site. You do not need to have Photosynth installed to view either the embedded images or the web site. You do however need to have Silverlight installed.

My Photosynth projects are now on their own Photosynth page.

TED presentation 2007

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading."

Whilst looking for info on Photosynth I found a YouTube video of part of the March 2007 TED conference entitled Microsoft Seadragon. (Also see the pre Microsoft presentation by Seadragon.) At the TED conference a presentation by Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrates Deep Zoom and Photosynth in the early stages of development. It is a fascinating watch, with an insight into social media usage in the future. I have since found another version on YouTube entitled Photosynth demo. Below is the official version from the TED web site.

"This is taking [photos] from everybody — the entire collective memory of what the Earth looks like — and linking all of that together.” (Blaise Aguera y Arcas on the software Photosynth)

At the 2010 TED conference Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps and gets a standing ovation for his presentation.

2011 and Microsoft (Bing) has uploaded the video below to YouTube.