Microsoft Demos Mind-Bending Photo App

“If you haven’t seen the demo, see it now. In March, at the annual Technology, Education, Design (TED) conference in Monterrey, California, Microsoft Live Labs took the wraps off a mind-bending digital photo app called Seadragon, and you can now stream a video of this not-to-be-missed demo from the TED website. Coupled with Photosynth, another project in the works at Live Labs, Seadragon could take Google’s much-discussed StreetView idea to a whole new level.With Seadragon, based on technology Microsoft acquired last year, you can dynamically browse gigabyte after gigabyte of online photos with the flick of a wrist. In the TED demo, Seadragon founder Blaise Aguera y Arcas loads hundreds of high-res pics onto a single display and, in an instant, zooms in for a close-up of any image he chooses. He even rotates this massive collection – yes, the entire collection – as if it were a single photograph.”

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