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Topic: Gigapan viewer

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Fred_Oxford (Over 1 year ago)
This link strated circulating in the past few days in the US - something like a mega Photosynth?
http://gigapan.org/viewGigapanFullscreen.php?auth=033ef14483ee899496648c2b4b06233c

it makes interesting viewing - especially the faces of the dignitaries seated behind President Obama...zoom in - it is fun!
PGRic (Over 1 year ago)
Gigapan has been around for a while Fred. A few months ago this chap managed to incorporate aspects of Seadragon tiling: http://www.odyex.com/gigadragon/?id=10823
Fred_Oxford (Over 1 year ago)
thanks for the info -I got the impression that this was something new...at least that was the message going around!
K (Over 1 year ago)
that panorama is really cool!  interestingly, if you look around in CNN's "the monent" synth you can see the actual unit capturing the panorama.  i'll see if i can dig up a link.

microsoft has a really great panorama stitcher called ICE that's worth taking a look at if you make stitched panoramas.  you can download it free here:  http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/.  it has some great features, for example it can automatically brighten the scene if you zoom in on a dark area.  we're looking at how to make panoramas & photosynths play nicely together for a future release.
Fred_Oxford (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks K - I will look into the download - there are some occasions when stitched panoramas are useful - if you need one large static image for example - combining with Photosynth could provide interesting permutations.
Pierrot21 (Over 1 year ago)
Well; but I couldn't read what's written on the wheel-chair ;-)))
Is it this sort of camera they use for Google-earth or Microsoft-Virtual-Earth ?
Fred_Oxford (Over 1 year ago)
Great comment...the thoughts of the occupant of the wheel chair might be more interesting...;-)))
Pierrot21 (Over 1 year ago)
it was a joke ;-))) I've been watching the inauguration for hours on TV; even by us, far away in France, it was important.
But please agree that in year 2009, the 2 big brothers (Microsoft and Google) are still not able to tell us what the man in the wheel chair was thinking about (neither than the pressure in the tires ;-)))
But ... One never knows ... for the next inauguration ... could be possible

What a stitch! and photosynth is very good for stitching too.
K (Over 1 year ago)
Here's the gigapan unit capturing the inauguration panorama:  http://tinyurl.com/ch359u
Pierrot21 (Over 1 year ago)
It's incredible!
would you believe it? On this synth I was able to read on the wheel-chair: something like "Jenning Vista" ;-)))

But that makes me very anxious, if it's possible to recognize anybody in a crowd with such cameras, which future? and what for a private life? :-(((

Last question: how is it that the pictures come so fast to my screen, and usaually the pictures from our poor-simple synths are so low ???
Fred_Oxford (Over 1 year ago)
Pierrot - a great joke it was!! and I loved your comment about the tire pressure!!;-))) as you say what a stitch!!

K you really did some scouting to find the gigapan camera - I gave up after 20 minutes....I am really surprised that they were using what looks like a Canon G10!
PGRic (Over 1 year ago)
Fred - I don't think the gigapan epic can cope with weightier DSLRs + lens, so you’re limited to decent P&Ss...they’re working on DSLR vers though.

A couple of years ago I was involved in a project that used a £75k 50MP panoramic camera system - kind of next gen Gigapan. Apparently, the files were so humungous no one had a powerful enough computer to view them :-) ...something that wouldn’t happen with Seadragon.
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