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Viewfinder: How to Seamlessly “Flickerize” Google Earth

A collaborative effort at USC aims to integrate gps-tagged Flickr photos with Google Earth. Here’s their abstract:

“Viewfinder” is a novel method for users to spatially situate, or “find the pose,” of their photographs, and then to view these photographs, along with others, as perfectly aligned overlays in a 3D world model such as Google Earth. Our objective is to provide a straightforward procedure for geo-locating photos of any kind, and our approach is to engage a community of users for a certain amount of human help. We specify that a 10-year-old should be able to find the pose of a photo in less than a minute, and we are convinced that this goal is achievable. While we are not entirely there yet, we are getting closer. This is our progress report.

April 3, 2008

Seeing stuff like this makes me reconsider the possibility of witnessing The Singularity within my lifetime. Awesome.


April 9, 2008 - Posted by | Photography, Software, Video

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