I finally had some time this week to test a proof of concept that Photosynth can create digital elevation models (DEMs). It works relatively well but is a little complicated and requires a lot of high-end GIS application use. So, it is possible to create geo-referenced 3D maps using this process but most people won't have access to all the tools that I used.
Here is a map of the DEM in planview:
Here is a link to the original:
You can also see an animation of the data on youtube:
And finally, here is a link to a Google Earth KMZ file, if you want to see how it lines up with the "real world":
The animation in the previous post didn't really show what I was hoping to, so I made a new one. The new one shows the 3D aspect of the DEM much better.
The link to the updated animation is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_Iqs8go75k
This is very cool. Is it possible to texture the DEM with the colors from the point cloud?
madeeds, I'm working on that now. I should have that online in a few days.
I wasn't able to render the point cloud by color. The GIS software just can't handle it.
I did drape the photomosaic over the SynthDEM. You can see that here:
This is awesome!! What tools did you use to create the DEM?
That's seriously cool. SERIOUSLY cool.