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anyone seen the preview of Microsoft Labs Photosynth RRS feed

  • Question

  • Microsoft Live Labs now has a working preview of their Photosynth technology (technology overview and ).  The preview initially only worked for newer versions of Internet Explorer but now there's apparently a Firefox plugin for as well but it only works on Windows XP SP2 and Vista at this time.  If you're using IE6, IE7, Firefox 1.5 or 2.0, and you have a video card that meets Vista Aero requirements, then you can go to this gallery of working Photosynth previews.  If you haven't seen this live demo yet, don't miss it.  It takes photograph viewing to a whole new level and adds positional context in to your static images.  You get to fly around in 3D space and transition seamlessly between images.

    Future possibilities include the ability to crawl the web for related photos.  Maybe some day when digital cameras have GPS units built in to them and they can put in GPS data about position, direction, and other information, then this could be integrated with some kind of Google Earth like application.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 3:07 PM

Answers

  • here the list of features :

     

    • Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle.
    • Seamlessly zoom in or out of a photo whether it's megapixels or gigapixels in size.
    • See where pictures were taken in relation to one another.
    • Find similar photos to the one you're currently viewing.
    • Send a collection - or a particular view of one - to a friend.
    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 3:52 PM
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    Rick Szeliski, Noah Snavely, and Steve Seitz invented a new photo browsing technology called “Photo Tourism”. The technology was so cool that anyone who saw it wanted to be part of the project. , a student at the University of Washington (UW), had single-handedly coded a rich prototype under the joint supervision of  (also from UW) and R from Microsoft Research (MSR).

     

    Seadragon had also developed a photo browsing technology. It was very different from Photo Tourism. Seadragon provided seamless zooming around collections of pictures and efficient multi-resolution streaming transport between clients and servers. Photo Tourism matched pictures, found logical transitions between them, and built a 3 dimensional interraction model. Seadragon and Photo Tourism were a marriage of technologies made in heaven.  The symbiosis of Photo Tourism and Seadragon became the Live Labs project called Photosynth, a marriage of technologies as well as cultures. The PhotoSynth team is made of Seadragon, the original inventors of Photo Tourism, and several researchers from MSR and Live Labs. Working together they built a prototype which enables users to remotely navigate and explore a 3D model, which is automatically built from a collection of pictures.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:19 PM
  • Free motion is another somewhat hidden feature of Photosynth. If you’ve ever played Doom or a similar pc game, it uses a very similar key layout.

     

    With your left hand, use the keys w,a,s,d to move forward, left, back and right. And, Since we can go up and down unlike in Doom, we use the e and c keys, respectively, for this motion.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:29 PM
  • Your brain knows that your eyes are about two inches apart. But when Photosynth does its magic, it doesn't know where the cameras were, or which way they were pointing. Fortunately, when there are many cameras, and many features in common, the algorithms behind Photosynth can figure out not only where the features are in 3D, but where all of the cameras would have to have been, and which way they were aimed, consistent with the features they "saw".

     

    The Photosynth client shows you the 3D point cloud, but more importantly, it also shows you the original pictures overlaid on the model. Imagine a slide projector placed at each original camera position, aimed how the camera was, and projecting the picture that camera took. A screen is placed in the 3D environment at an appropriate distance from the projector. As you move around in the Photosynth environment, projectors turn on and off, giving you a changing perspective on a world built entirely out of the original photos.

    you can get morefrom http://labs.live.com/photosynth/whatis/howdoyoupt2.html
    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:52 PM
  • you can the list of non supported graphics card from this link

     

    http://labs.live.com/photosynth/faq.htm

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 5:00 PM

All replies

  • Really, Photosynth is an amazing new technology from Microsoft Live Labs that will change forever the way we think about digital photos.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 3:49 PM
  • if u fully gone through the site , can u describe allthe featues of the photosynth
    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 3:52 PM
  • here the list of features :

     

    • Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle.
    • Seamlessly zoom in or out of a photo whether it's megapixels or gigapixels in size.
    • See where pictures were taken in relation to one another.
    • Find similar photos to the one you're currently viewing.
    • Send a collection - or a particular view of one - to a friend.
    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 3:52 PM
  •  

    Rick Szeliski, Noah Snavely, and Steve Seitz invented a new photo browsing technology called “Photo Tourism”. The technology was so cool that anyone who saw it wanted to be part of the project. , a student at the University of Washington (UW), had single-handedly coded a rich prototype under the joint supervision of  (also from UW) and R from Microsoft Research (MSR).

     

    Seadragon had also developed a photo browsing technology. It was very different from Photo Tourism. Seadragon provided seamless zooming around collections of pictures and efficient multi-resolution streaming transport between clients and servers. Photo Tourism matched pictures, found logical transitions between them, and built a 3 dimensional interraction model. Seadragon and Photo Tourism were a marriage of technologies made in heaven.  The symbiosis of Photo Tourism and Seadragon became the Live Labs project called Photosynth, a marriage of technologies as well as cultures. The PhotoSynth team is made of Seadragon, the original inventors of Photo Tourism, and several researchers from MSR and Live Labs. Working together they built a prototype which enables users to remotely navigate and explore a 3D model, which is automatically built from a collection of pictures.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:19 PM
  • Free motion is another somewhat hidden feature of Photosynth. If you’ve ever played Doom or a similar pc game, it uses a very similar key layout.

     

    With your left hand, use the keys w,a,s,d to move forward, left, back and right. And, Since we can go up and down unlike in Doom, we use the e and c keys, respectively, for this motion.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:29 PM
  • i'm having some troubles running photosynth on windows xp.
    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:32 PM
  • try reinstalling it .........
    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:34 PM
  • what is the concept behind photosynth technology?
    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:51 PM
  • Your brain knows that your eyes are about two inches apart. But when Photosynth does its magic, it doesn't know where the cameras were, or which way they were pointing. Fortunately, when there are many cameras, and many features in common, the algorithms behind Photosynth can figure out not only where the features are in 3D, but where all of the cameras would have to have been, and which way they were aimed, consistent with the features they "saw".

     

    The Photosynth client shows you the 3D point cloud, but more importantly, it also shows you the original pictures overlaid on the model. Imagine a slide projector placed at each original camera position, aimed how the camera was, and projecting the picture that camera took. A screen is placed in the 3D environment at an appropriate distance from the projector. As you move around in the Photosynth environment, projectors turn on and off, giving you a changing perspective on a world built entirely out of the original photos.

    you can get morefrom http://labs.live.com/photosynth/whatis/howdoyoupt2.html
    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:52 PM
  • I get an error "Unsupported Graphics Device".
    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:58 PM
  • you can the list of non supported graphics card from this link

     

    http://labs.live.com/photosynth/faq.htm

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 5:00 PM