This is nothing short of an astounding piece of technology. Presented at the TED conference (you can visit TED’s main site here), Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and then displays the photos in a reconstructed three-dimensional space, showing you how each one relates to the next.
The company (originally called Seadragon) is a recent acquisition for Microsoft (about a year ago). They now live in MS Labs. It could leverage the web in a way never done before to bring the collective into play to benefit one and all.
This technology will potentially revolutionize our desktops (making desktop resolution meaningless!) the way we search, the way we think and interact with one another: simply astounding!
Enjoy the video below, then check out the details at Microsoft Live Labs. They also offer some movies that you can download to experience this amazing technology. They have also recently (August 6, 2007) with NASA’s help, created a virtual tour of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.