Topic: Can I find more information about a photo with photosynth?

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bgshacklett (Over 1 year ago)
I've got a desktop background which shows a large mountain in the background and I'd really like to know where the photo was taken. In the TED talk given by Blaise Agurera, Photosynth was able to match a poster of Notre Dame with other photos. Is it possible to do the same thing with the photo I have?
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, bgshacklett, 

In Noah Snaveley's Notre Dame photo set that Blaise was demoing, the input photos had all been manually downloaded from Flickr to a local hard drive and then the Photosynth algorithms matched them from there, so the Photosynth that we end users have today (and have had since 2008) isn't so much like a reverse image search service like TinEye. 

There is certainly potential for what you're asking for, though. What is required is for the Photosynth algorithms to be run on Bing's own computers so that image features are indexed and can be compared across all images on the internet that Bing discovers.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
You should pay attention to Bing's Read/Write World project that Blaise announced in April of 2011.

Their service is not really up and running yet, but they do have a few demos online including this Location Matching Explorer Demo where, if you feed the service URLs to online images of the same thing, it will list matched images. 

Their index is limited to only what people have manually submitted so far, as they have not even put their service into Beta yet, so I can't guarantee that you'll get a match for your desktop background if you upload it to a free hosting service like SkyDrive and give the image file's URL to Read/Write World, but that is how it would work in the future, though probably in a simpler interface in Bing Images.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
If you'd like to see seven other talks about Read/Write World from Blaise and Avi Bar-Zeev, as well as a collection of links pertaining to Read/Write World, I'm collecting information at