December 04, 2009
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OK, embed didn't work, but check out how Bing maps is incorporating photosynths by playing around at this link.
I'm not sure I understand the thingy. It moves left and right but I can't really "move around", like after I cross the bridge, I can't "walk" any further. Is it supposed to be only pictures of one place or are we supposed to be able to "move" à la GoogleStreetView?
you move by clicking the next highlighted frame where your mouse is. This is a much different, and far more advanced system than google street view, which is just a bunch of stills taken from the street. Photosynth lets anyone upload a batch of pictures, and they're synthesized to put them together, giving 3-d views (possibly, only if enough matching photos are in the synth) along with zooming and other stuff.
In the one linked above, if you click the correct pictures after the bridge, you can turn around 360 degrees and see back where you came from, as well as see my dog fetching sticks from the resevoir.
Oh, I think I see what you mean. If you expect to just keep walking down the path after the bridge you can't (because I didn't keep shooting images that way.)
What this will likely eventually allow is the stitching of huge numbers of we-based geo-tagged images in a way that will give people a chance to explore the world in ways no possible now without a plane ticket, some time, and a lot of photo gear. Done right, it'll harness the photographs of millions of people to get this done, and will trump anything created by an individual company's shooters -- at least for depth of content.
Here are another couple that shows what's possible for a monument. (this tech didn't exist when I shot these, so there are a few black spots, since I didn't shoot specifically for overlap.)