When you take a photo you resign yourself to the fact that you captured the photo at a certain place in both time and space. (Already to deep, just skip to Techlife TV’s video.) Basically you click and shoot capturing at the moment in time and from your angle. Combining photo collages, photo stitching, massive amounts of visual data Blaise Aguera y Arcas recently demoed SeaDragon, a Microsoft Labs project at TED, a conference on new ideas.


Blaise presents the fact that our current interactions with visual data is very limited. He feels the future of data will allow quicker navigation and more complete views. I like the way he shows off an entire Charles Dicken’s novel and is easily able to zoom into a single letter from the whole book. This type of data interaction is clearly what Professor Wesch meant with Digital Ethnography. But clearly the demo’s pinnacle is the Notre Dame Cathedral shown from any angle using only images from Flickr.

Thanks to Techlife reader and contributor Dave for sending this in, and his comment “looks like this guy built ‘Minority Report’ is spot on.” If you have something interesting send it to reviewme [at] dkworldwide [dot] com.

Note: The video is incorrectly titled “Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth”, the first thing he says is, “This is SeaDragon.”

Note 2:  Techlife TV is part of Chime.tv and they have a whole TED series.