Even though Blaise Agüera y Arcas works at Microsoft we’ll forgive him. He’s got two killer apps that will blow your mind, so much, that quite honestly, just his demos are giving us a little motion sickness.
Seadragon is a radical new way to navigate through and use screens to find information with incredibly high resolution. The intense zooming in-and-out capabilities were actually based on gaming technology.
Photosynth uses a collection of photos found on Flickr and can reconstruct the images in 3D form. This visual crowd-sourcing is called photo tourism. Some geekery: The algorithm uses feature extraction to matches the features with other photos, and can even find features that are shot from a very different perspective. The features are then “mapped” into 3D forms. We really wish you could see this art studio that’s completely mapped into a full tour, complete with super high res scans of the art. But it doesn’t work on a Mac OS.
Booooooos all around. But he says there’s reason for hope. Cheers.
You can still watch this awesome Wired News demo instead.
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