Get all your questions answered about our latest Photosynth Technical Preview.
Why not use Photosynth in a gathering context (festival, party), then Highlights could be People tags. Wouldn't it be nice to have automated support for that. I.e face recognition and so on.
I've also wanted to see People tags come through to synths for a long time.
I really liked Windows Live Photo Gallery's facial recognition tech, but since Photo Gallery hasn't been updated or had a replacement/version developed for Windows Phone and Windows 8, it would be great to see their functionality come to OneDrive or something powered by Azure which could operate on photos hosted on Photosynth as well.
If Facebook's API can be used to tag my Facebook friends in photos in my synths (ideally using automated face recognition to help tag the same person in multiple photos, once the photos are online - or by making use of pre-existing People tags stored in the photos from Photo Gallery, iPhoto, or Picasa) I think it could get a lot more people looking at synths (and potentially commenting on them).
Mixing existing photo managers' ability to automatically recognize people's faces with Photosynth's spatial awareness could help speed up recognizing the same faces.
I will say that if there are a bunch of (tagged) people in every photo and 200 photos in a synth, then clearly that becomes a load much heavier than the current implementation of the Highlight reel in Photosynth 2's viewer was designed to support - where three highlights are visible at a time.
I don't mean to shoot down the idea in this thread; I'm only saying that we probably want a separate interface for seeing tagged people in photos in a synth, even if they are essentially using the same viewer code as highlights for presentation.
Some older requests that touch on People tags in synths:
http://bit.ly/psfptfl "Tag metadata, Facebook-like"
http://bit.ly/psfptrh "I would like to be able to rotate highlight selections"
http://bit.ly/psfptfp "Facebook + Photosynth"
Joscelin does a good job of coming at this from a synth author's perspective (super important), but I would also want to see emphasis put on the experience of people who were tagged in a photo in a synth.
Is it easy for them to see all the photos that they were tagged in in this particular synth?
What about seeing all the photos that they were tagged in across all photosynths?
Is it simple for them to untag themselves if they don't like that picture of themselves?
What about if they don't want their name/social-media-profile linked to high resolution geotagged photos which have a timestamp attached?
Can the people tagged and their friends all comment on a particular photo in the synth that they were tagged in (as people are accustomed to on Facebook, Flickr, etc.) rather than commenting on the entire synth?
Synth-wide comments are likely to get crowded and confusing if multiple tagged people draw attention from popular social networks.
Nate deserves a great compliment as well to bring very important considerations to the table.
What is at the back of my mind for some time is that we need to get out of the Photosynth box to unleash the true power of Photosynth. That Photosynth has to become part of a seamless user experience for (moving) pictures blended with social platform(s).
Consequently, Windows (Live) Photo Gallery and OneDrive are part of the conversation. The ever important property of (moving) pictures is when and where. The when is the Date Taken, which I have always been missing in Photosynth. For the where, Bing Maps is part of the conversation.
Maps and Photosynth are within the Bing Brand and organizational part of Microsoft. If all the parts needed for the seamless ux are scattered over Microsoft, then the chance to catch up and take the lead is not that great. Therefore, I feel it would be great if Bing, as a consumer brand, could take total responsibility for a comprehensive, seamless ux for (moving) pictures / images/ imaging.
E.g. I no longer want a Nokia Camera on my Windows Phone, I want to see a Bing Camera that brings together all we need from a camera on a mobile device. Of course the Bing Camera will include augmented reality powered by Bing Maps. I.e. it will be possible to Highlight points of interest on the spot in all types of pictures, Photosynth included.
It goes without saying, that if a map of the country has been downloaded, than this should work without internet connection.