I saw Photosynth for the first time a few years ago, and was pretty excited about it. It is now prime time – and part of Microsoft Bing Maps Beta. I highly recommend checking it out.
As well, you can download the software, and try to create one yourself.
What is Photosyth?
“In simple terms, Photosynth allows you to take a bunch of photos of the same scene or object and automagically stitch them all together into one big interactive 3D viewing experience that you can share with anyone on the web.”
Why am I excited about this? I think that this technology, which is free, will be very useful for emergency responders as they build response plans and respond to emergencies. If a photosynth is developed for the interior of our County buildings and critical infrastructure, fire responders could “walk” through the halls before they go in to rescue folks.
We should be able to create these synths ourselves, load them up, and make them available for critical infrastructure – then update them as necessary. It also might enable automatic 3D building generation at some point in the future.
I spoke with HwaSaup Lee from ISD eGIS, and he has already found the software and created one: Link to a synth