A friend demonstrated this Microsoft app using his iPhone. In the time it took to turn around, he took over-lapping pictures of the four walls of my living room, in about one minute the web 2.0 application, Photosynth “stitched” together the photos into a 3-D, 360 degree panorama. Jaw dropping!
This seems a great way to share with others a virtual environment such as a classroom, field trip or tour. The application will “stitch” together digital pictures taken by one person or many people photographing the same view. You will find a free download for a mobile device or a PC here: Photosynth.
The April 2011, Microsoft Photosynth Blog announced the new mobile app. On the blog you will find Photosynth panoramas of The Museum of Flight, The Japanese Gardens, Volunteer Park as well as a quick how-to video.
Click on the link below to tour a Photosynth panorama of the Giant Sequoias “House Group” in California. Don’t forget to “look up” as you move the cursor around the panorama. If you have never seen the Giant Sequoias, these beautiful, old trees are also, simply amazing!