The best demo at Web 2.0 Summit: Microsoft’s Photosynth

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Gary Flake, distinguished engineer at Microsoft, gives us a tour around a new 3D photo experience that amazed attendees at the O’Reilly Web 2.0 Summit yesterday when it was demonstrated. Several people came up to me afterward and said it was the coolest thing they had seen all week.


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118 Responses to “The best demo at Web 2.0 Summit: Microsoft’s Photosynth”

  1. Demo of the Year: Photosynth « Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger Says:

    […] Yesterday, Gary Flake, head of Microsoft’s Live Labs, gave me a tour of Photosynth. It is simply the demo of the year. Certainly the coolest thing showed off this week at the Web 2.0 Summit. […]

  2. Brian Says:

    .mov files….really??

    I’ve been waiting for you to get over this…..

  3. Gerald Buckley Says:

    C’mon Brian… Why not just compliment the effort and encourage new formats instead of tearing a guy down?

    Mr. Flake and team clearly have a neat technology in their pocket. Any indication on when the upload timeline will be firming up?

  4. Annoyed Says:

    Seriously, quit complaining about the .mov files. Every new post on this blog is accompanied by people like Brian complaining about the .mov files. Robert’s response is always the same: he’s looking into it.

    In the meantime, how about leaving something relevant in the comments for a change? Or, *gasp*, how about downloading the FREE quitcktime player to watch the movie?

  5. First Public Release of Photosynth Technology Preview « Tweblog.com - Toby Getsch Says:

    […] UPDATE: More demos/kudos. […]

  6. El Guapo Says:

    Whats with the .mov format?

  7. Steve Wilhelm Says:

    This would be really cool to hook up to the Flickr or Getty Editorial Photo databases.

    I wonder how well it would work on pictures of the same place or event taken by several hundred or thousands of people?

  8. 三秒改变世界 » Blog Archive » Photosynth,平面到三维的巧妙转换 Says:

    […] plus,推荐大家下载观看Scoble Show中关于Photosynth的视频。 […]

  9. Jon Says:

    www.apple.com/quicktime
    Rocket science!

  10. Microsoft’s Photosynth | Bakkel dot com Says:

    […] Persoonlijk vind ik dat Robert Scoble (weblog / vidcast) te veel slechte films/docu’s het net op gooit, maar deze moet je niet missen. Microsoft’s Photosynth combineert meerdere foto’s zodat er een soort van 3D effect ontstaat (ofzo!). Je moet het maar zien. Deze link delen?These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  11. Say No to Crack Says:

    OK, this is insanely cool. This would work so well for 3d virtual tours of homes.

  12. Tyler Karaszewski Says:

    The idea behind this is really pretty awesome, but the execution is kinda… “meh”. It’s a tech preview though, so hopefully it gets a better UI in a final product.

    What would make it really cool is if it would automatically load all the images required to show the current view, as clicking on a quadrilateral and hoping that something interesting shows up is fairly lame. Also, standard FPS-style controls (with mouse-look) would be nice.

    It just seems to me, that if you’re trying to build a 3D world that you can view from different angles, it would make sense to have the interaction mimic what people are already used to in 3D virtual worlds (games).

  13. Brian Sullivan Says:

    Hmm - I wonder if this stuff corrects for (or has some mechanism for) dealing with distortion — especially like that introduced by Fisheye lenses (I just purchased one to do QTVR photography).

    I suspect using such a lens would really cut down on the number of pictures to populate the whole 360 space (as it does in QTVR photography).

  14. francine hardaway Says:

    There is already technology to do virtual 360 home tours, and I don’t understand why this is better? is it just different? I immediately see it as a new way of presenting real estate, but there’s already a pretty satisfactory way to do that. Or more than one. Guidance?

  15. francine hardaway Says:

    I have already seen many different ways of conducting 360 degree museum tours and real estate tours. Is this only different because it stitches together photos instead of using video or CAD?–I’m dumb about this.

  16. Photosynth « Tao’s Thoughts on Second Life Says:

    […] Robert Scoble has a nice video blog post about Microsoft’s Photosynth (which unfortunately does not run on my browser though) in which he let’s Gary Flake demonstrate it. Very cool stuff. […]

  17. Collection of Thoughts at Johns Blog Says:

    […] I want to play with pigment, I particuarly like the idea of having a built in animation framework, making it easy to create fluid user interfaces; like this awesome one called photosynth (made by microsoft - credit where credit is due). […]

  18. Steve Says:

    Loved the video.

    I agree with the people who don’t like the .mov format… on both of my machines, for whatever reason, the audio and video go out of sync with Quicktime movies.

  19. Photosynth - espaços 3D navegáveis baseados em coleções de fotos - Bruno Torres ponto net Says:

    […] Acabei de assistir o vídeo feito pelo Scoble com Gary Flake, engenheiro da microsoft responsável pelo Photosynth, uma aplicação sensacional, que cria um espeço tridimensional navegável baseado na análise de similaridade e relação entre diversas fotos tiradas de um mesmo local. […]

  20. Microsoft’s Photosynth « putting down a mrkwr Says:

    […] It’s a bit hard to explain in words – much better to view this video of a demonstration given by Microsoft’s Gary Flake – but this is what Microsoft’s site says about it: Our software takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed three-dimensional space. […]

  21. 11/11/2006 12:29 AM - Matthew Gifford Says:

    […] David Hockney would think of this. 11/11/2006 12:29 AM | Tags: Microsoft, Software, Photography | Trackback NoComments […]

  22. Photosynth « Richard Graber Says:

    […] Check out Photosynth - a 3-D photo experience from Microsoft. This technology takes stitching photos together to a whole new level. 100’s of photos using back-end technology developed by SeaDragon (client-server efficient streaming of photo data) & Univ of Washington (machine vision research - PhotoTourism). Effectively by combining these technologies, Microsoft has created a 3-D model of the world, and now they are aligning individual photos to that 3-D world model. This is a web-service. Currently they are using about 200 photos and they can do amazing things. This interview / product demo with Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Gary Flake of Microsoft’s Live Labs shows some of what this software does. […]

  23. Peter Stagg Dot Com » Blog Archive » Photosynth - Mind Blowing and Microsoft Not Often in the Same Sentence Says:

    […] Photosynth is apparently a hot topic for the attendees at O’Reilly Web 2.0 Summit (see Robert Scoble’s post on Pod Tech Network). I don’t normally put “Mind Blowing” and Microsoft in the same context but in this case having played with the tech demo I feel I must. The software takes a large collection of images of a building or place, analyses the similarities  between them and then builds a  navigable 3D space that represents the building and shows the relationship between each image. I have to say I have seen all sorts of ways of visualising image collections over the years but this takes the cake. […]

  24. Nikkie Says:

    That is cool, but if I am not wrong, the tool just helps to link the photos with the 3D points, and never create anything new, which means you only have opportunity to see what already in the photos, and there is no imagination photos.

  25. binkThink Says:

    […] Yesterday, Gary Flake, head of Microsoft’s Live Labs, gave me a tour of Photosynth. It is simply the demo of the year. Certainly the coolest thing showed off this week at the Web 2.0 Summit. […]

  26. SHARKRIDE Says:

    […] Check out this Scoble Show video demo of technology developed by Microsoft Lab that offers a revolutionary way to explore spaces via an interactive compilation and integration of hundreds of images. It allows you to “walk around” and zoom into particular places. Imagine this technology applied to an online museum experience, so you can explore the museum and zoom into high res images of artwork. Or, think of the implications for real estate sales. Wow.  Photosynth site here. […]

  27. Photosynth - coś naprawdę wartego uwagi « ITandMe Says:

    […] W czeluściach MS Research urodziła się prawdziwa perełka, coś co wywołuje ogromne wrażenie. Mowa o projekcie Photosynth - ma on na celu wydobycie z dwuwymiarowych zdjęć informacji o obszarze 3d i następnie ulokowanie tychże zdjęć w wygenerowanym na podstawie tych informacji trójwymiarowym otoczeniu. Brzmi skomplikowanie? Możliwe Ale po zobaczeniu filmiku-wywiadu, który Robert Scoble zrealizował na konferencji Web 2.0 Summit, wszystko stanie się jasne. Link  I jak, robi wrażenie? :) Jeśli chcecie pobawić się tą technologią to zapraszam pod ten adres Link Posted by pmec Filed in Uncategorized […]

  28. skatterbrain Says:

    Very nice and a very good interview/dialogue as well. I presume that it would be a reasonable (exponential?) migration from stop-action to interpolated motion/animation. The Rock climber segment makes it clear that this is possible. That would have fantastic implications.

  29. Gad Says:

    The Photosynth Technology Preview runs only on Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista…

    Tsssss… unbelievable!

  30. os_agnostic Says:

    Wonderful technology…

    Too bad Microsoft is involved as it will probably turn out to be less than what it could be given Microsoft’s track record.

  31. Brian Donovan’s Descriptors » Blog Archive » Gary William Flake works for Microsoft Says:

    […] by Gary William Flake, Gary William Flake. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently notallowed. […]

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  97. Tim Says:

    Can it be mashed with google -or msn - maps so folk can take/contribute to a virtual tour? If flickr photostreams were automatically added, if permission given it’d be a world photomap work in progress.
    It’s undeniably cool. Expect clones aimed at house sellers (virtual tours) and historic buildings within the next 12 months.

  98. Photosynth - Finalmente a Microsoft faz alguma nova at ruigato Says:

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