I’ve been playing around with Microsoft’s Photosynth. It associates photos with one another so that if two pictures overlap, it will place them correctly spatially and you can move from one to another.
You can share or relive a vacation destination or explore a distant museum or landmark. With nothing more than a digital camera and some inspiration, you can use Photosynth to transform regular digital photos into a three-dimensional, 360-degree experience. Anybody who sees your synth is put right in your shoes, sharing in your experience, with detail, clarity and scope impossible to achieve in conventional photos or videos.
Synths constitute an entirely new visual medium. Photosynth analyzes each photo for similarities to the others, and uses that data to build a model of where the photos were taken. It then re-creates the environment and uses that as a canvas on which to display the photos.
My synth is a bunch of photos from the Las Vegas Strip. You probably need to download a plug-in from Microsoft–so whether you view this or not is your call. It is pretty cool.
If this thing bugs you incessantly to download the plug-in (I won’t know because I already have it installed), please let me know and I’ll move the synth itself to another page.