If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I like computer graphics. I’ve worked in the industry for almost a decade, and enjoy new technologies that make computing a more visual experience. You’ve seen my 3D model of the Salt Lake Temple for Google Earth, and the Google Street Views of the temples along the Wasatch Front. Well, here is one more cool technology to add to the list.
Microsoft has built some free software called Photosynth with which you can take many photographs of an object or place, and the software will automatically overlay them together seamlessly and construct a 3D model from their similarities. You can then fly around the object or place in real-time and zoom in to see details in the photographs. It’s fascinating technology. See a fuller definition here. It’s been in beta for a while now, but has just been released for anyone to make their own “synths.” A designer from the Church has picked up on it. [Read more…]