Now Everyone Can Play with Photosynth!


Another great thing happened during my vacation last month is the public launch of Photosynth. Now everyone can play with Photosynth and create their own synths. It's one of the Microsoft innovations really caught my attention when I first saw it earlier last year. I've been showing demos to different UX community groups and got great feedback, but today, I finally had a chance to create my own synth- stuffed animals on coffee table. 🙂

Just a quick reminder for what is Photosynth - based on a large set of photos of a space or an object, Photosynth program recreates a 3D point model of the space or object. On the Photosynth website, an inspiration for Photosynth is:

Imagine being able to share the places and things you love using the cinematic quality of a movie, the control of a video game, and the mind-blowing detail of the real world. With nothing more than a bunch of photos, Photosynth creates an amazing new experience.

You can play with my synth below. You'll be prompt to download the Photosynth viewer if you haven't already. Once you have the viewer, you can check out all the great examples on photosynth.net. Since it was my first time creating one, I took 52 photos and 81% was synthable. I think I could have got better 3D model if I took more close up photos. It takes practice! Once you took the photos, the creation process is a no-brainier. It's very similar to use DeepZoom composer that I talked about earlier: import photos and then create your synth. With your Windows Live ID, you have 20G space on your Photosynth account for you to play with. Photosynth was featured on CSI:NY ealier this year as a crime fighting tool!  Watch the highlights here.

Here is the video explaining how to create your own photosynth examples. You can download the video here.

Why don't you start creating your own synth and share your synth with us?

Qixing

Comments (3)

  1. Sean Kearney says:

    Oh now THAT is cool!  So is that what is used in the "Bird’s Eye View" in Live Maps?

  2. qixing says:

    Thanks Sean! Live Maps include imagery taken from satellite sensors, aerial cameras (including "Bird’s Eye" aerial imagery taken at 45 degree angle view to show building façades and entrances) as well as 3D city models and terrain.

    It’s cool though if in the future, users can upload synths for local areas into virtual earth.

    Qixing

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