Demo of the Year: Photosynth

Yesterday, Gary Flake, head of Microsoft’s Live Labs, gave me a tour of Photosynth. It is simply the demo of the year. Certainly the coolest thing showed off this week at the Web 2.0 Summit.

Gary gives a great demo.

Behind me there were a couple of Web 2.0 summit attendees and they were whispering to each other “f***ing amazing.” Even better than you can load this on your own computer, get it on the Photosynth site.

I’m going to take the rest of the day off. In fact, I might take all of next week off from my text blog to dedicate time to answering email and to getting caught up on ScobleShow editing tasks.

130 thoughts on “Demo of the Year: Photosynth

  1. @Larry:
    I think someone’s getting a head start on that:
    http://www.disneysynth.org/

    Right now as I understand it though there’s a de-facto limit of about 300 pics for it (heresay I admit), so I imagine there are some eventual limits, but I think the “mosiac” part could be implemented in a lot of ways. Either way its a great way to get both a “broader” AND “more detailed” picture of something.

  2. @Larry:
    I think someone’s getting a head start on that:
    http://www.disneysynth.org/

    Right now as I understand it though there’s a de-facto limit of about 300 pics for it (heresay I admit), so I imagine there are some eventual limits, but I think the “mosiac” part could be implemented in a lot of ways. Either way its a great way to get both a “broader” AND “more detailed” picture of something.

  3. @Larry:
    I think someone’s getting a head start on that:
    http://www.disneysynth.org/

    Right now as I understand it though there’s a de-facto limit of about 300 pics for it (heresay I admit), so I imagine there are some eventual limits, but I think the “mosiac” part could be implemented in a lot of ways. Either way its a great way to get both a “broader” AND “more detailed” picture of something.

  4. “How is a proprietary application that only works on Windows and only in Internet Explorer via ActiveX Web 2.0 material?

    Comment by Bob Jones”

    i use firefox and it works just fine

  5. “How is a proprietary application that only works on Windows and only in Internet Explorer via ActiveX Web 2.0 material?

    Comment by Bob Jones”

    i use firefox and it works just fine

  6. “How is a proprietary application that only works on Windows and only in Internet Explorer via ActiveX Web 2.0 material?

    Comment by Bob Jones”

    i use firefox and it works just fine

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  8. I am amazed that folk don’t see applications… working in humanitarian and development work the potential for Pro Tools to be developed when combined with satellite imagery is huge… think post disaster assessment (in isolated locations) for example… suddenly all those tourist snaps, uploaded online create a potential baseline… globalnomad101

  9. I am amazed that folk don’t see applications… working in humanitarian and development work the potential for Pro Tools to be developed when combined with satellite imagery is huge… think post disaster assessment (in isolated locations) for example… suddenly all those tourist snaps, uploaded online create a potential baseline… globalnomad101

  10. I am amazed that folk don’t see applications… working in humanitarian and development work the potential for Pro Tools to be developed when combined with satellite imagery is huge… think post disaster assessment (in isolated locations) for example… suddenly all those tourist snaps, uploaded online create a potential baseline… globalnomad101

  11. The product is not even in beta form yet. The product team however is committed to getting this running on multilpe browsers without an OS dependency. An active X release for pre-beta was an easy no brainer that allows more than 90 of home computer users an opportunity to try the technology while they further develop it and work on cross browser rendering. To be fair even Google does the same thing with their client based apps like Google desktop, etc. They first come out with a Windows version and then maybe come out with another version. I have been pestering them about versions of deskyop and some other apps for my Ubuntu liux box that I use for cross browser testing on web stuff for awhile and am still waiting) Moving toward cross browser/OS is something many the teams at MSFT seem to be working on so with them publicly stating that is where they are going I believe they are and you should be able to try it.

  12. The product is not even in beta form yet. The product team however is committed to getting this running on multilpe browsers without an OS dependency. An active X release for pre-beta was an easy no brainer that allows more than 90 of home computer users an opportunity to try the technology while they further develop it and work on cross browser rendering. To be fair even Google does the same thing with their client based apps like Google desktop, etc. They first come out with a Windows version and then maybe come out with another version. I have been pestering them about versions of deskyop and some other apps for my Ubuntu liux box that I use for cross browser testing on web stuff for awhile and am still waiting) Moving toward cross browser/OS is something many the teams at MSFT seem to be working on so with them publicly stating that is where they are going I believe they are and you should be able to try it.

  13. The product is not even in beta form yet. The product team however is committed to getting this running on multilpe browsers without an OS dependency. An active X release for pre-beta was an easy no brainer that allows more than 90 of home computer users an opportunity to try the technology while they further develop it and work on cross browser rendering. To be fair even Google does the same thing with their client based apps like Google desktop, etc. They first come out with a Windows version and then maybe come out with another version. I have been pestering them about versions of deskyop and some other apps for my Ubuntu liux box that I use for cross browser testing on web stuff for awhile and am still waiting) Moving toward cross browser/OS is something many the teams at MSFT seem to be working on so with them publicly stating that is where they are going I believe they are and you should be able to try it.

  14. I have been playing around with this for a while (we were able to download it internally more than a week ago and I see it as not only being cool but having great application outside of just family vaction photo sharing. Think of all the business maps of campus facilities or building layouts that could have photsynth components that allow for seeing and navigating through them. Get to know what a place looks like before you get there.
    I will just be happy to post my family vacation pics up though like this. :-)

  15. I have been playing around with this for a while (we were able to download it internally more than a week ago and I see it as not only being cool but having great application outside of just family vaction photo sharing. Think of all the business maps of campus facilities or building layouts that could have photsynth components that allow for seeing and navigating through them. Get to know what a place looks like before you get there.
    I will just be happy to post my family vacation pics up though like this. :-)

  16. I have been playing around with this for a while (we were able to download it internally more than a week ago and I see it as not only being cool but having great application outside of just family vaction photo sharing. Think of all the business maps of campus facilities or building layouts that could have photsynth components that allow for seeing and navigating through them. Get to know what a place looks like before you get there.
    I will just be happy to post my family vacation pics up though like this. :-)

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