Photosynth – Something Microsoft is cooking in Microsoft Live Labs

Photosynth is a collaboration between Microsoft and the University of Washington based on the groundbreaking research of Noah Snavely (UW), Steve Seitz (UW), and Richard Szeliski (Microsoft Research).

Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space. With Photosynth you can:

  • walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle;
  • seamlessly zoom in or out of a photograph even if it’s gigapixels in size;
  • see where pictures were taken in relation to one another;
  • find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing;
  • explore a custom tour or see where you’ve been; or
  • send a collection to a friend.

For futher information and to view a demonstration video visit the Photosynth web site.

I have seen Photosynth in action at our annual gathering last month. This is beyond cool (subzero as the guys from topgear say). Have a look at the site and the video on there … Imagine this becoming a Windows Live service …