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Photosynth Technology Preview is a taste of the newest – and, we hope, most exciting – way to view photos on a computer. Our software takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and then displays the photos in a reconstructed three-dimensional space, showing you how each one relates to the next.
In our collections, you can access gigabytes of photos in seconds, view a scene from nearly any angle, find similar photos with a single click, and zoom in to make the smallest detail as big as your monitor.
Photosynth uses hundreds of standard digital camera images to construct a three-dimensional view of an environment or “synth”. These synths can be explored much like a video game, allowing you to explore, zoom into tiny details, and see where the photographer was standing (or flying) when they took the pictures.
Current collections include:
- The interior and surrounding area of the Vehicle Assembly Building, the largest one-story building in the world, used for housing external fuel tanks and flight hardware, and the location of the Orbiter stacking with the solid rocket boosters and external fuel tank to prepare for the space shuttle launch.
- Endeavour on the launch pad including amazing detail shots taken from a helicopter
- The previous flight STS-117 Shuttle Atlantis returning from Edwards Air Force Base in California to Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility.
This is cutting edge stuff… and can also be seen here:
Archaeology options are immense