Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Seadragon and Photosynth ...

OK - I've been a bit slack this year. This is my first post for a few months. Just otherwise occupied. But, after messing around for a while, I've started to try and refocus on tools that might make a difference to the user experience in the web space - a difference for educators and students. So, recalling some of the Photosynth and Seadragon tricks I'd seen a couple of years ago I've headed off to my Flickr account to see what damage I can do to some of my golf photos from Natadola last year. These photos are just standard ones shot with my Canon EOS digital SLR.

As you zoom around you'll see the incredible detail that Photosynth can bring to the experience. Now, to find some useful images from science ...the ability to zoom in to such detail on an image opens up a host of opportunity for visual learning.

I took a school owned Canon 560 camera to a classroom to trial some stitched photos just to see how the "full" Photosynth experience worked. Some worked as I expected, but the complete 360 classroom effect is not there ... more trials required.

In the meantime, here are some examples using Seadragon - you simply give the url of your image and Seadragon does the rest - so here's Luc at Kariotahi Beach late last year.

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