Be your own eye in the sky
Now you can be your own remote sensing platform on the cheap – in 3D! Microsoft’s Photosynth application (installs in your browser) allows anyone to combine pictures taken from any angle from the ground or kite, balloon or radio-controlled airplane- what have you- and make a geometrically-corrected aerial view or 3D virtual world. Just upload your photos! The technology is based on work by Noah Snavely (now at Cornell)- unleashing a magnificent new force on the remote sensing scene- the plain old digital camera!
First Google Earth and now this! It makes me wonder whether we humans are now ready to view the world globally from a human perspective…
Here are some great examples of Photosynth aerials: http://blogs.msdn.com/photosynth/archive/2009/03/06/it-s-a-bird-it-s-a-plane-it-s-photosynth.aspx
(beat you to the blog post Jonathan!)