I have been waiting for Photosynth to come out ever since I blogged it back in the summer. On Thursday, the Photosynth Technology Preview was finally made available for download. It is not a beta, since you can’t yet work with your own collections, but you can play with the functionality of the viewing environment using some collections. And, I have to say, I am totally impressed. The Photosynth demos show you the point cloud that was generated for each photo collection, and then you can navigate around and see each photo in its referenced location and look at the 3D rendering of the photos. Even though it’s not even a beta yet, I just think it’s cool. Many, many possibilities come to mind again, of course, by linking Photosynth to a virtual globe, such as, let’s say, Virtual Earth 3D…..
Some things to keep in mind, if you download it: Read the technical specs on download page. It only runs in IE 6 or 7, and there are some components that will need to be installed, but I had it up and running in about 2 minutes.
The National Weather Service is seeking input on its geospatial data services, and would like you to offer comments here. They recognize that “While most NWS information is geospatial in nature, the NWS does not yet systematically provide that information in GIS-ready formats.” They are looking for input on what types of weather data, geospatial formats, standards, etc.
If you have a few minutes, and you are a regular user of weather data, head over to their website and let them know what you think.
The National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian is debuting a new exhibit starting today entitled Earth from Space. The exhibit features a gallery of remotely-sensed images of the Earth, as well as showing how remote sensing data is gathered and some of the applications it is utilized for. The exhibit has been getting some news coverage this week ahead of the opening, and some of the previewed images are really amazing. I always love visiting the Air and Space Museum, but it doesn’t look like I’ll get there in the near future. But, if you’re in the Washington, DC area, definitely head over to the museum and check out the exhibit.