Microsoft Live Labs has recently launched a new service for photo enthusiasts, which can create magic of visiting the place actually, if you upload your photographs in PhotoSynth. See it to believe it. It has the ability to re-create the scene or object from a bunch of flat 2D photographs. It analyzes them and looks for the similar scenes and angles to create the magic.
How does it work?
Photosynth is a potent mixture of two independent breakthroughs: the ability to reconstruct the scene or object from a bunch of flat photographs, and the technology to bring that experience to virtually anyone over the Internet.
Using techniques from the field of computer vision, Photosynth examines images for similarities to each other and uses that information to estimate the shape of the subject and the vantage point each photo was taken from. With this information, we recreate the space and use it as a canvas to display and navigate through the photos. Photosynth was inspired by the breakthrough research on Photo Tourism from the University of Washington and Microsoft Research. This work pioneered the use of photogrammetry to power a cinematic and immersive experience
If you take lots of photos of a single object or scene from different locations and perspectives, then this is an ideal application for you. The application installs two programs: a browser plug-in for you to be able to view synths and the Photosynth application itself for you to create and manage synths.