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Updated Tuesday 24th March 2009

The Digital Planet team made use of Microsoft's experimental Photosynth service, which allows you to take a bunch of snapshots and turn them into something much more than the sum of the parts.

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Want to know what it can do? Look at this collection of photos from Gareth's Flickr stream.

Now, look at what happens when those pictures are taken and photosynthed. [This is viewable through Silverlight - available for both the Mac and the PC; you may need to download and install the program on your computer.]

A grab from the Digital Planet Photosynth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team

Want to try making your own Photosynths? You can do it with a pair of free programs. It only works on Windows XP and Vista, and you'll need to have a Windows Live ID. Download the Photosynth applications.

If you don't have a Windows PC, but do have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can create similar images with iSynth, which brings Photosynth to your mobile. Find out more about iSynth.

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If digital photography is your thing, why not check out the Open University short course Digital photography: creating and sharing better images (delivered online and available worldwide).


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