The new Photosynth app: Views worth a thousand angles, including Mt. Everest

With the preview of the new Photosynth, you can re-explore your favorite spots around the world – or discover fresh places in all new ways.

As the Bing Search Blog reports, the next phase of Microsoft’s groundbreaking experience – which analyzes digital photographs and creates 3D images – is here. While it’s not the holodeck, it’s pretty darn close – and definitely a step in that direction.

Now you can spin around an object as small as a mug or as large as a glacial peak; put yourself in the center of a place and look in every direction; follow a path through the woods, your house or channel your secret Superman and fly toward any direction; and slide across a scene to examine every detail.

Ceiling of Palau de la Musica Catalania by David on Photosynth

To really show you what this third generation of 3D technology can do, check out this previously unreleased Photosynth of Mt. Everest captured by David Brashears – a world renowned mountaineer, photographer and founder of Glacierworks.org. It shows the approach to this legendary mountain during one of the highest elevation helicopter flights ever attempted – so if you aren’t one of the brave souls who attempt to take on Everest, you can still experience some of what they see when they get there.

“This is the experience I was dreaming about when I decided to capture the environment of Mt. Everest from a helicopter flying at extremely high altitudes,” Brashears says. “It brings a completely new perspective to the mountain. I’ve never seen anything as smooth and glorious as the new Photosynth of my Everest flight. It’s like a video, but you can stop on any frame and zoom in.”

Into the Western Cwm by mickra on Photosynth

Long story short, it works like this: When you upload a set of photos to our cloud service, Photosynth looks for points (called “features”) in successive photos that appear to be the same object. Then through a series of steps, the technology figures out certain elements of each photo: where it was taken from, the camera orientation and where it exists in 3D.

Browse new featured synths to see more jaw-dropping examples. If you want to make your own, you can sign up now and your account will be enabled for these new synths on a first-come first-serve basis. Once a synth is created you can share on Facebook, Twitter or through embedding. 

This Photosynth preview, along with the release of Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8, gives you more powerful tools to capture your favorite spots.

Read more about the new Photosynth on the Bing Search Blog and sign up to start creating your own breathtaking 3D experiences.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff