Mintz Family Christmas wins "Holiday Lights" Challenge

We received 27 submissions for the Holiday Lights Challenge — a pretty good showing for our first competition. The winner was the “Mintz Family Christmas”. Great decorations, a good capture, and very useful highlights. Fun! Here it is: The four runners-up were 2009 – Cook Family Christmas Display , Surace Family Christmas Light Display , Metropolis mall…


Photosynth gets Geekbriefed

Cali and Neal from visited us in October, and they’ve just released their video “brief” of Photosynth based on that visit.  Here it is:  And here’s the synth that was made on-camera during that shoot. My color balance was a little on the sickly yellow side for this one. Sorry Cali!  


Seasonal Synth Challenge: "Holiday Lights"

Here’s the deal. During the week of December 21st to December 27th we will devote our entire front page to your best synths of holiday lights.  The winner of this challenge will get his or her synth displayed in the top spot on the front page all week, and 4 runners up will get their synth thumbnails down below. …


Photosynths in Bing Maps. Dive in!

Today marks the beta release of the all new Silverlight-based version of Bing Maps, and one of the most visible features on this new site is deep Photosynth integration. The best geotagged photosynths from our community are explorable in Bing Maps in all their synthy goodness — that’s more than 14,000 Photosynths, and 1,435,000 photos. If…


New release and a new UI

  The newest version of Photosynth is now live. There’s nothing earth shattering in it (we’re still hard at work on that). I did want to let you all know about some of the more noticeable changes, though.   You’ll see that the new, cleaner UI looks like this:   All the controls are still…


Aaron’s Love of Balls

Hello! I am Aaron Rincover, user experience designer at Bing maps and Photosynth. Today’s homepage photosynth selections are based on my love of spherical objects. Although they are all based on the sphere, each one tells a unique story. Through materials, textures, scales, colors and locations they convey feelings to the viewer. What I find…


"You know my methods, Watson"

Dr. Watson didn’t have access to Photosynth as a forensic tool in his day, but the makers of the upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie (opens Christmas Day) certainly do. They’ve created a fascinating multi-episode game to promote the movie. It features a new Photosynth every week until the movie opens. Each of them were shot on set, and…


Memories of the Berlin Wall

Contributed by Gerold Hübner, whom I met when I was photographing this section of the wall in the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Washington. What does it mean to me as a German citizen standing right next to a real piece of the Berlin Wall here in the United States? Spontaneously there are mixed feelings….


Welcoming Windows 7 in Wet, Windy, New Zealand

Today, October 22nd, is Windows 7 Launch day. And New Zealand, being just west of the International Date Line, was the first country to kick off the festivities. The NZ Microsoft team have made interesting use of Photosynth before, and this time they’ve made two great synth of their colorful (or should I say colourful) events….


A New Angle on Photosynth

Today the Photostynth team has released a major new feature and a slew of small improvements.   New Feature: Overhead View Have you ever wanted to look down on Mt Rushmore from directly above the Presidents? What about seeing the exact layout of Stonehenge from above? If you’ve used Photosynth you know that it automatically…