Photosynth is a winner of the PC Magazine’s Annual Technical Excellence Award for software.
The hints about the Photosynth technology from Microsoft Live Labs tantalized for months, and the release of Photosynth this summer did not disappoint. It takes your collection of photographs, identifies the features in each, compares all of them for overlap, and links those spots to create a three-dimensional position. What you end up with is a single 3D-esque shot compiled from all the smaller shots. You can even use it to generate a "synth" of an object. Photosynth uses Seadragon technology, which is neat in its own right: Seadragon innovates on "zoom" relationships. It's how you keep drilling in smoothly to ever more detailed visual information in WorldWide Telescope.—EG
Congrats to the team.
[PC Magazine might like to check up on the progeny of our technology though – WWT doesn’t use Seadragon as Jonathan Fey explains in this interview.]