Photo Albums into Navigable 3-D worlds

Microsoft intends to release a system based on research at U Washington to convert people’s photos into navigable worlds. See report on this here.

This application called

Photosynth lets people import photos, either from their own collection or via a search of a photo-sharing site like Yahoo’s Flickr. Drawing from the imported shots, Photosynth organizes the photos into a virtual 3D collage, using an algorithm that measures location information, identifiable features and subsequent 3D points for similarities, differences and viewpoints.

Sounds an interesting thing to do. A good web 2.0 app.

Now this will be very natural for citizer reporting in the context of events also.

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