Photosynth offers a new window on the Web

James Thornton


Photosynth logoProviding a glimpse of what we might expect to see from Web 3.0, Microsoft’s latest technology takes the concept of photo-stitching and takes it to whole new level. Photosynth scrapes together photos of oft-snapped subjects (like Notre Dame) from the Web and uses them to build breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features.

This spectacular demo from the architect of the technology, Blaise Aquera y Arcas demonstrates how the application works alongside Seadragon to create a jaw-dropping visual interface that looks like something out of Minority Report. Although the project is still very much in its infancy it’s not difficult to imagine how it could be used alongside apps like Google Earth and social networking sites to build a completely new model for sharing and viewing images and data.


From viewing high-resolution versions of entire newspapers and magazines to making your photo collections available in a unique interactive environment, there are plenty of practical uses for the app, which could then be organized in a highly sophisticated way through the use of tagging. You can download a working demo of the software from Microsoft Labs. Until Photosynth goes live why not check out Softonic’s collection of panoramic and 360-degree photo editors to add interactivity to your images?

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