I still remember when I saw videos of this service when it was still in labs. Photosynth from Microsoft is a new technology that is now being open to the public. The technology takes a collection of photos and smartly creates a 3D environment out of them. What’s cool about it is now it’s open to the public, with 20 GB of storage per user, and you can start building your own environments with pictures from your digital camera or even mobile phone.

CNET which is covering the story in much high details is speaking highly of the speed and performance of the new service from Microsoft. There is also a video interview there for you to watch. I think the service is interesting to try, and I will probably try to create a synth or two. This coming from Microsoft, alongside the Microsoft Surface means Microsoft Labs are still not dead, and are capable of bringing new technologies to the market. What I hate about Photosynth however so far is this:

  • Operating System: Only Windows XP (SP2 or SP3) and Windows Vista are supported at this time.” - So no Mac, no Linux. Luckily however, Microsoft for once is considering Firefox in their equation Web Browser: Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 2, and Firefox 3″.
  • All synths are public. Your photos will be visible to everyone on the Internet.” - First thing I want to try is my home, and perhaps my home is not something I want to share publicly. Their point of view ofcrouse might be, they are baring the cost of storage, bandwidth, and processing, so what they want in the end is to build more and more 3D environments of the realities.

Thinking of the ultimate goal if this thing is executed properly, if they could create 3D worlds of all the locations which already have a lot of available images on the net, you could search the map for your location, and see 3D views of it instantly.

For a tutorial on how to create a Synth, click here.

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