Posted by: Atul Sabnis | June 17, 2007

Image 2.0

So what will you be thinking the next time you take a picture? Whether it is from you DSLR or from your 1.3mp phone camera? What is the value of that image – other than sharing it with a few friends who know you?

In Web 2.0, the image goes much further than that; your image could contribute to a ‘social reconstruction’. You may not know it – but your image becomes very valuable. The shared experience created by your image and by images taken by others – together – becomes an immensely rich view of the world. Not just self-pontificating as Robert imagines while talking about digital natives & digital immigrants.

Using photos of oft-snapped subjects (like Notre Dame) scraped from around the Web, Photosynth (based on Seadragon technology) creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation. Its architect, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, shows it off in this standing-ovation demo. Curious about that speck in corner? Dive into a freefall and watch as the speck becomes a gargoyle. With an unpleasant grimace. And an ant-sized chip in its lower left molar. “Perhaps the most amazing demo I’ve seen this year,” wrote Ethan Zuckerman, after TED2007. Indeed, Photosynth might utterly transform the way we manipulate and experience digital images.

See this Seadragon and Photosynth demo by Blaise Aguera y Arcas. Highly recommended.

We are already in a wired world anyways, says Lipstick on a Pig.

Hat Tip: Donald Clark

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