Pretty Amazing Demo:
Here is the description from the TED website:
Using photos of oft-snapped subjects (like Notre Dame) scraped from around the Web, Photosynth (based on Seadragon technology) creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation. Its architect, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, shows it off in this standing-ovation demo. Curious about that speck in corner? Dive into a freefall and watch as the speck becomes a gargoyle. With an unpleasant grimace. And an ant-sized chip in its lower left molar. "Perhaps the most amazing demo I've seen this year," wrote Ethan Zuckerman, after TED2007. Indeed, Photosynth might utterly transform the way we manipulate and experience digital images.

Thanks for the link Prof. Barnett, the most interesting thing I've seen in a while. Reminds me of the movie Deja Vu (they tell the main character they are using a technology similar to this one as a lie), thought it was very cool then and now amazed that it's a reality.
6.13.2007 8:41am
byomtov (mail):
Wow. Thanks, Randy.
6.13.2007 9:51am
Bob Leibowitz (mail) (www):
Wow, again.
6.13.2007 10:40am
Dave N (mail):
Real cool.
6.13.2007 10:46am
That is absolutely amazing.

I do remember when the web first came to being, the industry which took advantage immediately was the adult entertainment industry. Same with HD. Imagine what they can do with this new technology!

All kidding aside, I'm no IP lawyer, but stealing and using photos off of the internet --doesn't that violate some copyright law?
6.13.2007 12:08pm
This app. would play nicely with those:

6.13.2007 12:09pm
Houston Lawyer:
The technology is amazing. It'll be real helpful when we get the national ID cards along with face recognition technology.
6.13.2007 12:44pm
PatHMV (mail) (www):
percuriam... actually, I read an article (no, really!) recently that said that the adult movie industry was being very slow to shift to HD, and that this time around, they would not determine who would win the Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD format war. The reason? HD is just too good... it shows too many flaws. Pimples, wrinkles, stubble, cellulite; it costs a lot more to hide that in HD, and sometimes you just can't. The bottom line? More time and money on make-up and grooming, a younger de facto retirement age for the actresses. To top it off, the consumer's just not that interested in HD-quality porn versus regular TV quality porn.
6.13.2007 1:20pm
Sigivald (mail):
Percuriam: Doubt it, in itself.

Merely manipulating photos for a demo seems like pretty obvious fair use, especially since random online photos typically A) had no monetary value to begin with and B) lost none via this use.

(For instance, does showing eg the NYT website in a demo for your web browser violate their copyright? Nobody seems to think so!)

Houston: How is that relevant, particularly? Remember, people move around, unlike Notre Dame.

The different-angle and different-zoom pictures they "synth" together for this wouldn't include someone's face from another picture, unless there were a bazillion cameras all shooting at once at the moment the person happened to be present.

If you're worried about a Panopticon state, this isn't the context in which to worry; Britain's leading the utterly ineffective way there.
6.13.2007 1:43pm
Jay Goodman Tamboli (mail) (www):
There's another video (in HD) available via (legal) BitTorrent from
6.13.2007 2:18pm
curt (mail) (www):
Very cool!

See more of Photosynth here
6.13.2007 2:21pm
cfoster (mail) (www):
It tempts me to shoot the rarely seen parts - behind the statue, or up its nostrils...
6.13.2007 4:03pm
Stevethepatentguy (mail) (www):
On the IP side the big question will be fair use and whether the use is transformative. Perfect 10 v. Google touched on this and found that Google's thumbnail display was transformative.

If we assume that Photosynth is infact a search engine then there is at least a very good arguement that there is no infringement of the copyright in the underlying images. If Photosynth provides links back to the original Flickr images the case would be strengthened. Also Flickr alwos the use of the Creative Commons Deed that specifies how a photo may be used.
6.13.2007 5:48pm
Scott Scheule (mail):
I spy a Mandelbrot set.
6.13.2007 6:38pm
M. Simon (mail) (www):
Here is something similar done with a Henry Moore sculpture. Nuclear Energy. I found it by looking for a good picture of the Moore Sculpture.

I was looking for something to illustrate a trip I took to the Moore Sculpture to pray for Nuclear Fusion, and to celebrate Jonathan Simon Graduates From The University Of Chicago.
6.14.2007 12:28pm
There are no words. Cool. Very cool.

*drool* Me waaant.
6.14.2007 2:49pm