07. June 2007 · Comments Off on Mapping our real world in 3D — talk about collective consciousness! · Categories: Technologies, Web sites

Mindblowing stuff regarding a new technology acquired by Microsoft — photosynth is amazing.

Without going into detail (not that I could), this marriage of an incredible technology called Seadragon that allows you to zoom into tiny detail of an image or zoom out to view thumbnails of hundreds of images along with a computer program that can identify metatags and somehow figure out the angle at which they were shot — can stitch together photos creating a 3D experience of the world.

Not only that – but it ties all the photos used together — so you could upload your flat photo of a building to Flickr and then be able to zoom into it, see the building from multiple angles and zoom into the tiniest details.

This from a conference held every year by an organisation of people who are keen to share exciting ideas about anything and everything.  Think I’ll sign up.

The video: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/129

Microsoft Live Labs and photosynth: http://labs.live.com/photosynth/

TED: http://www.ted.com

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