BBC Tries Photosynth 3D Photos in “How We Built Britain”

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How We Built Britain by the BBC

The BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation, in collaboration with Microsoft Live Labs is doing a trial run of showing 3D photos of historical sites in the United Kingdom.

The technology used is called Photosynth, and it could very well be the future of photography. It is provided by the Microsoft Live Labs Photosynth team to create three-dimensional photographic collections.

The BBC One’s series “How We Built Britain” will show Photosynth representations of Ely Cathedral, Burghley House, the Royal Crescent, Bath, the Scottish Parliament buildings and Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Be warned though that the 3D photos can’t be viewed on older computers. Photosynth is a new technology and it makes heavy use of the computer’s graphics hardware. Check the system requirements here if you wish to enjoy the new 3D presentation.

[Site: BBC, MS Live Labs]

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.