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August 21, 2008

Microsoft launches Photosynth service

Posted by David Hunter at 1:48 PM ET.

Photosynth overwhelmed

Microsoft’s Photosynth project today left the lab for the Web and was promptly overloaded which makes it rather difficult to kick the tires, but here’s the announcement from the Live Labs blog:

We’re pleased to announce the first full release of Photosynth, available now at  Photosynth takes a collection of regular photographs and reconstructs the scene or object in a 3-D environment.  For those of you who have seen the videos or tried our tech preview, you could experience synths that we made in the lab and get a feel for what Photosynth is and how it works.  But now, for the first time ever you can create synths from your own pictures and share them with your friends.  Explore great synths from others or create a few of your own.

The only downside I have seen from the various punters who have already taken it for a spin is that it takes a while to get the hang of taking the number and type of photographs necessary for Photosynth to work its magic. Note that the 3-D environment building all happens online (hence the overload) after you upload your pictures, but Microsoft is providing each user with 20GB of storage.

Photosynth is based on technology Microsoft acquired with Seadragon Software and while it makes a great PR gimmick, there doesn’t appear to be a monetization plan.

Filed under Acquisitions, Photosynth, Windows Live

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