07 June 2007

Photosynth Demonstration by Blaise Agüera y Arcas

This is some trippy new technology that will have a huge impact on digital darkrooms and the Internet graphic environment. Photosynth allows one to locally or remotely interact with visual data as it creates full spatial environments from unrelated pictures that from a panoramic, multidimensional space that allows you to zoom again and again almost seamlessly within a picture and from picture to picture. The video has Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Photosynth's creator demonstrating the program. It's quite amazing to watch the zoom and navigation capabilities of this program.

(Blaise Aguera y Arcas @ home)

Blaise Agüera y Arcas founded Seadragon Software in 2003 and Microsoft acquired them in 2006. Seadragon is a revolutionary technology for storing and managing large visual images through computational analysis. Let's hope this hippie's creation is is used for good purposes.


Scott Bayes said...

But, much though I hate to bring it up, this has a dark side as well. If it can separate out your head and hands from a poster of Notre Dame and correlate that with a zillion other photos, what's to prevent it from separating out YOU? And tracking you (both temporally and spatially, thanks to the mountain of metadata that accumulates) wherever you are or were (say back in '72 for example), whatever you do or did, whoever you are or were with.

As Maxwell Smart used to say, "I hope this incredible power will be used for good, and not for evil."

But I don't believe it will be.

Photogirl66 said...

I want this software, but I agree with the other guy...I don't want the government to use it.

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Erik said...

Yes...I, too, wish it were a Mac product.