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.