Ghostfooting

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photosynth / seadragon

Oh.  I was slow to catch it… Photosynth works with / runs on MS’s own Seadragon…. They’re both MS Live Labs projects…

Seadragon is an incubation project resulting from the acquisition of Seadragon Software in February. Its aim is nothing less than to change the way we use screens, from wall-sized displays to mobile devices, so that visual information can be smoothly browsed regardless of the amount of data involved or the bandwidth of the network…

If this sounds a little vague, consider the following four “promises” of Seadragon:

  1. Speed of navigation is independent of the size or number of objects.
  2. Performance depends only on the ratio of bandwidth to pixels on the screen.
  3. Transitions are smooth as butter.
  4. Scaling is near perfect and rapid for screens of any resolution.

The Seadragon team is currently tuning its DirectX implementation, making the most of the new Windows Media Photo format, and cranking on the Photosynth Technology Preview.

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June 18, 2007 - Posted by | info sci, info viz

1 Comment »

  1. Yep.

    And the way MS is approaching this stuff is making Google’s efforts seem old school. How odd is that?

    Comment by csven | June 20, 2007 | Reply


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