Microsoft program turns 2D images into 3D

Microsoft has begun showing software called Photosynth that constructs a 3D model of a site after examining two-dimensional photos. After loading images into the system, Photosynth compares them for similarities, then reconstructs a 3D volume through which users can fly.

Microsoft plans to show Photosynth Wednesday at the Siggraph 2006 computer graphics conference in Boston, the company said . The software is the first major technology preview from Microsoft Live Labs.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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