Via Mark Evan’s discussion of Newspapers Aren’t Doomed; It’s Their Business Models, (which is huge and juicy topic all by itself, I can across this TED video demo of Seadragon and Photosynth, by Blaise Aguera y Arcas.
It is Seadragon (acquired by Microsoft in 2006), the visualization technology that gives Photosynth its amazingly smooth digital rendering and zoom capabilities. Photosynth itself is a vastly powerful piece of software capable of taking a wide variety of images, analyzing them for similarities, and grafting them together into an interactive three-dimensional space. This seamless patchwork of images can be viewed via multiple angles and magnifications, allowing us to look around corners or “fly” in for a (much) closer look.
The TED Demo keeps getting more and more mind blowing. Semantic (the light “tagging” version), Social (sharing), Photographic (and other data) Meta processing. I’m imaging a visual Library (of Congress or enhanced Wikipedia), or Family Photo album.