Creative Uses of Photosynth in Science

We’re working hard on improving the Photosynth technology and the tools to interact with synths, but some smart and creative people have already begun using Photosynth in some scientifically cool ways.


Professor Carl Lipo from Cal State extracted the point cloud using BinaryMillenium’s code and used it to reconstruct a landscape of Easter Island from a series of blimp photographs. 


Photosynth Point Clouds -> Topography?

“Using the work of BinaryMillenium I grabbed the bin files that were used to generate the photosynth for one of the Easter Island projects (a series of blimp photographs taken along the slope of Rano Rarku, the statue quarry. That synth can be found here: Rano Raraku – Interior Using the python script, I converted the point cloud data into XYZ data and then used Surfer to generate a surface from those points. My goal was to see how well photosynth might be used to generate topographic maps of landscapes.”

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While Professor Lipo is creating synths from the sky, MammothPaleo_Guy is inside the earth using Photosynth to capture and catalogue some of the ice age mammoth fossils at a South Dakota site.  He is the bonebed curator at this Pleistocene dig and has been creating some great synths for the rest of us to enjoy.



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Richard Haddlesey is a PhD researcher in late medieval timber-framed buildings in Hampshire, England. Check out his synths and view his website for more information about his work with dendrchronologically dated buildings.


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Have I missed any other great science synths?  …Other creative or unique ways people are using Photosynth?  Leave a comment below and let us know.



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Comments (4)

  1. Mathias says:

    Hi, i have used Photosynth to generate a 3d Pointcloud-Model of my Self-Made Diorama, so this places dont exist in big but now i get a way to feel inside the Scene caused of Photosynth, thanks.

  2. Billigflug says:

    wow, never heard of photosynth before, but it looks awesome! I’ll give it a try and gonna tinker a little arround….

    ehm, I’ve just installed it. is it normal that it crashes from time to time?

  3. Bill Komendant says:

    Photosynth is a great start for a new technology. But how about taking it to other levels or disiplines? How about "Ideasynth", "Intelligencesynth", "MedicalDiagnosisSynth". You get the idea. There is a wealth of things to know out there and pattern matching like this should be able to be applied to just about anything. In  a way it is a little like fractals. I think that we have just touched on something here that has the potential to expand human knowledge in ways that we can just barely see at the present time. I’d be interested to  hear if anyone else has had similar thoughts.

  4. Is Photosyth the way to Photo realistic 3D worlds?

    Camera > Photosynth > Point Cloud > Wireframe > 3D World > Skin with picts from camera…