Microsoft Labs has released a tech preview of Photosynth. It is a web application that will show a 3D scene through a large series of photos. The site features several collections of photos, such as the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy and the Grassi Lakes in Canada. It is full of 3D animation and looks really nice. From the website:
“Photosynth combines hundreds or thousands of regular digital photos of a scene to present a detailed 3D model, giving viewers the sensation of smoothly gliding around the scene from every angle. The scene can be constructed regardless of whether the photos are from a single or multiple sources. It’s like a hybrid of a slide show and a gaming experience that lets the viewer zoom in to see greater detail or zoom out for a more expansive view. By viewing the photos in a 3D context you are able to get a better sense for the place where they were captured.”
Check out the three videos on Photosynth by the Live Labs team to see it in action.