Photosynth – The tech preview
November 23, 2006 by karakspeak
Finally the cat is out of the bag. After all those long videos we saw for the cool innovation from Microsoft Live Labs, the tech preview of Photosynth
is out and we can now have a first hand experience of that new innovation. This product is a result of a collaborative research effort among Microsoft and Washington University.
So what is Photosynth?
I am not quite sure how they got this name, but this surely has something to do with photos. In fact lots of photos. You’ve a photo collection, with hundreds of them, relating to the same thing, and you are ready to experience it live even long after those photos were taken.
What photosynth does (or in near future would be doing) is to take a photo collection (say of my untidy room) and create a 3D model around it. Each photo is converted into a collection of points, and these points are corelated to each other to create a three dimensional frame. Each photo is then placed according to the points that it has, and there you go. If you have enough number of photos, you can go around like you are in reality moving around there.
To top it all, you get all of these, inside your browser!! Yeah that’s true. I think there would be a desktop version too coming out, but as of now you get every thing in your browser and if you’ve got a broadband connection, the performance rocks!!! Here are glimpses into my first hand experience.
This is the 3D model that Photosynth automatically creats based on the photo collections converting the photos into points, and matching them together to build the whole structure
Each photo is attached to the points in the whole structure, and you can move around like in 3D through the collection.
The images are grouped along together based on their corelation. the more a picture matches the selected one, the more bigger it is. This is like the size of tags that appear in Flickr, or Soapbox, the more popular a tag is, the bigger it is.
Photosynth also determines the angle and position of the camera when the photo was taken based on the 3D structure that it creates.
I just Love it…