'Your Britain in Pictures': Microsoft Live Labs Photosynth

In a unique time-limited technology trial, Microsoft Live Labs offers a 3-D interactive experience to complement the BBC's "How We Built Britain" television series.

Using its Photosynth™ technology, Microsoft Live Labs is announcing today a collaboration with the British Broadcasting Corp. in a time-limited technical trial to launch unique three-dimensional photographic representations of historic sites throughout the United Kingdom. The online 3-D viewing experience will be available in conjunction with the BBC's new series "How We Built Britain" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/britain) beginning now and running through mid-July. Viewers will be able to explore Photosynth representations of Ely Cathedral, Burghley House, the Royal Crescent, Bath, the Scottish Parliament buildings and Blackpool Tower Ballroom at http://labs.live.com/photosynth/bbc. The BBC will also have units on location at each of the historic sites to collect images from tourists visiting the sites. The synths will then be updated during the television series with a selection of these images.

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Looks like it will have possibilities.

bkgrd music at beginning is the same as that used by Apple for Leopard Sneak Peek

Well, to be honest, making a good 3D model might be more useful. The 'dotty' view is hard to interpret...

eAi said,
Well, to be honest, making a good 3D model might be more useful. The 'dotty' view is hard to interpret...

I did see a demo some time ago about this same technology (I think it was at http://channel9.msdn.com/) where the whole mesh was rendered in real time using the best-fit pictures available for the selected perspective. So... I guess its a matter of time before this version can do the same

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