What started out as a Microsoft Research project is now live and out there, ready for public consumption and creativity. PhotoSynth is a really stunning piece of software that takes any large set of photos of the same scene/place/object, and stitches them together so that they overlap seamlessly, allowing you to navigate from one to another with a click. You get a real sense of the 3D-ness of a place.
To be honest, I do find myself occasionally totally lost in some of the more 3D sets, like the shots are guiding me, rather than the other way around, but this set of a climber climbing up a rock face in Greece is very cool because you get a linear story as he goes up. Use the “.” button to progress through the set chronologically and you’ll see him suddenly fall (requires Internet Explorer and the install of a browser plug in).