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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Photosynth

Holy. Freaking. Coolness.

http://labs.live.com/photosynth/video.html


4 comments:

Jake said...

It's a very interesting concept but...

1. 3D models don't build themselves. Who is building the models (point clouds) that these photos are mapped onto? In other words, don't expect your house to be photosynthed any time soon.

2. I feel fairly certain that people would rather explore virtual fantasies over virtual recreations. In that context, Photosynth is a temporary nifty distraction that will pass quickly.

3. Now if you apply this to porn (Photosynth Jenna Jameson) people would worship at its altar.

David Rothman said...

1. I think the point of this, Jake, is that it DOES build the models.

2. That doesn't mean that people wouldn't like or benefit from recreations. I'd love to take my photos of St. Mark's in Venice, upload them, combine them with everyone else's tourist photos, and be able to give a friend a better idea of how the square REALLY looks. The educational possibilities alone are enormous.

3. Totally true.

Andrew said...

> 2. I feel fairly certain that people
> would rather explore virtual fantasies
> over virtual recreations. In that
> context, Photosynth is a temporary
> nifty distraction that will pass
> quickly.

I'd say that's true only for some values of "people" -- namely, "people like Jake."

My wife, for example, has little interest in Middle Earth, Narnia, or Oz, but would probably sit in front of a PhotoSynth of any major city until hunger, bodily functions or exhaustion forced her to stop.

Jake said...

1. Delved for details and you're right, throw enough photos at this thing and it will aproximate the shape. That is pretty cool.

2. Andrew- Looking at it as a product, my definition of 'people' is 'enough people willing to spend enough money to make this package commercially viable'. So many really great ideas have come and gone because too few people were interested. Thus 3.