Microsoft GeoSynth is a standalone application that lets Windows operating system users synthesize and view two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) environments from digital photo collections. GeoSynth is comprised of a Viewer and Collection Builder (or "GeoSynther"). GeoSynth is a derivative of Photosynth, which is the Microsoft online platform that lets Bing maps users utilize similar functionality on a collaborative Web platform. GeoSynth also provides additional features tailored for users requiring offline usage for advanced applications.
Microsoft GeoSynth allows users to:
Process and view data offline.
Process digital video and GPS (GPX) as input.
Optionally create a dense 3-D reconstruction for users requiring high-resolution 3-D representations.
Export data products in open-standard formats including Keyhole Markup Language (KML) and comma-separated values (CSV) point clouds.
These capabilities are useful in the following scenarios:
Drive by a set of buildings collecting a fast series of high-resolution photos, and process the photos into map-accessible products in minutes.
Photograph a room from various perspectives, magnifications, and times of day. Navigate the synthesized collection spatial for situational awareness or mission training.
Quickly and automatically form a 3-D aerial view from a series of photos collected from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Combine scenes from digitized video or handheld camera stills.
For more information, view the GeoSynth Web page.