It demonstrates using Deep Zoom to process images, Windows Azure to store and distribute the images via cloud services, and Silverlight to explore content. From the FAQ:
What is DeepZoomPix?
DeepZoomPix (DZP) is a web site that enables users to explore and share photos in a new and interactive way. DZP has three design goals for end-users:
- Make possible a “tactile” way of exploring and interacting with photographic images on the web.
- Enable a seamless experience for navigating large numbers of images regardless of Internet connection quality.
- Empower users to dynamically zoom in on photos without having to navigate to higher resolution versions.
It’s easy to use – I created a couple of albums very quickly – letting you upload pictures to albums (from local files, Facebook, Flickr, or an RSS/ATOM feed) and tag the content, then use the browser to scan through and DeepZoom in and out around your collection.
Here’s a simple album I whipped up using low-res pictures from my mobile phone camera of our recent March Northeast MSDN Roadshow:
I’m sure you can create a better album using better pictures, head here to try it out.
Interested in creating your own version of DeepZoomPix? Turns out there’s a developer story here as well, so check out the DeepZoomPix Developer Resources page for a video and technology details.