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  Simulate 3D With Microsoft’s ‘Photosynth’  
Posted 2006-11-09 by Tony Walsh
Microsoft Live Labs has issued the first public release of Photosynth, software that makes a 3D model out of a collection of photographs of a scene. The technology preview supposedly requires high-end computing power (although it runs okay on my 3 year-old PC), and is activated exclusively through the ActiveX controls of Internet Explorer 6 or 7.

The tech preview offers the ability to navigate a mashup of flat photos and pixel-clusters depicting artist Gary Faigin's Studio, the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Canada's Grassi Lakes, or the Piazza San Pietro in Rome. It's not currently possible to "photosynthesize" your own works yet. When it is, I'll be sure to dump a bunch of completely unrelated images into it and see what happens. Hopefully something koo-koo bonkers.

Sidenote: I'd like to see how it handles collections of screenshots from 3D video games.

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