Archive for the ‘Photosynth’ Category


New Bing Maps, now with Photosynth

December 2, 2009

Bing Maps released a bevy of new features today in their ongoing quest for world domination.  These upgrades revolve around a Silverlight experience (IE and FF only) for their maps page.  Featuring smooth transitions, great performance and a street side view, they are making strides not only for parity with Google, but on a performance level, to surpass them.  My attention however, was drawn to another unique feature, namely their integration of Photosynth into the deepest levels of the mapping experience.  The Bing blog post claims “you can zip down from space down into someone’s house”, which despite sounding vaguely horrifying, is also pretty cool.  The video below demonstrates, if not digital breaking and entering, a similar idea:

You can find more information over at the Photosynth blog about the integration and how to get your synth featured on Bing Maps.  You can also learn more about the full scope of new Maps features on the Bing blog.

Kevin Hanes


Play Games With Photosynth

November 30, 2009

I really like Sherlock Holmes.  A lot.  A lot a lot.  In fact, if there was anything I am more excited about than cool zooming technology and art pieces, it would be the new Sherlock Holmes movie.

Imagine my surprise that those two worlds could possibly collide, the ejecta of which would form a collaborative game where you and a Facebook pal investigate crimes surrounding the events leading up to the the movie.

Played entirely through your browser, you’ll sift through clues and evidence to get to the bottom of mysteries as you play detective.  Part of that experience will center around the following synth:

So if that sounds like your particular cup of tea, head on over to  You’ve got until the movie releases in theaters on December 25th.

Kevin Hanes


Photosynth Next

October 9, 2009

There’s a special place in my heart for Photosynth.  I feel like it’s a sibling that left the house and damnit, is going to live however it wants.  Our teams used to be one, working side by side to deliver glorious experiences, and are now separated by a massive gulf on the org chart.  In any case, I like what they have done, and continue to do.

Speaking of which, they’ve introduced a cool new feature in their latest update, the overhead view.  They turn off images, take you up top and show you the point cloud in all of its glory.  I’d talk more about it, but David Gedye says it much better than I possibly could in the video below.  Listen to what he has to say, and check out their blog post for some additional information and smaller features.

Another exciting development in the Photosynth-o-sphere (yeah, I went there), is cool tech from GRAIL, the University of Washington department that helped with the original Photosynth code.  They’ve tweaked the algorithm used to match photos to make it much faster and able to handle more than a few hundred or thousand images.  The result is simply stunning, synths of entire cities instead of individual scenes or monuments.  Check it out:

Kevin Hanes


You got your Photosynth all over my iPhone

March 13, 2009

…and its name is iSynth (iTunes link).  As of the March 10th 2009, you can view Photosynth on your iPhone using this delightful little app.  The story behind this app is pretty good too; it was developed by Greg Pascale on an internship with Microsoft, at the end of his internship though, the app hadn’t been finished.  He got permission to finish it and now you can get it in your hot little hands.


TechCrunch has a writeup on the app, though I dig just playing with it; it’s got a few rough edges, but it’s fantastic, by the way.  You can leave your impressions/gripes/forms of digital love/bugs/etc on the app’s GetSatisfaction page, or visit this site for information straight form the horse’s mouth.

Kevin Hanes


The Moment

January 19, 2009

Photosynth and CNN have teamed up to create a synth of the moment Obama takes the oath, with photos from everyone in the crowd. Pretty cool.

The Moment

Check out the Photosynth blog for more info.


Silverlight Photosynth Viewer

December 16, 2008

The Photosynth team has created an experimental Photosynth viewer with Silverlight, which uses Deep Zoom. This means Mac users (at least those with Intel Macs) can now view synths. It’s not integrated with the rest of the site yet (though you can copy and paste the URL for any synth to view it), and it doesn’t yet support point clouds, but it certainly shows great promise.