Microsoft’s Photosynth technology, which transforms 2D photographs into 3D scenes, is now being integrated into Virtual Earth so you can create 3D views of anything, anywhere in the world and then add them to a map. This new integration will allow web site owners to place Photosynths within the embedded maps on their own sites using either their own imagery or existing photos from the Photosynth library.
The update also includes new controls that let you decide whether your synths are public or private (unlisted), the latter setting there in case you don’t want them being used by others.
According to the press release, there are a number of industries that can benefit from this new technology including real estate, tourism and hospitality, media and entertainment, the public sector, and the synths could be used for internal business purposes, too. Already, you can see some synths in action on NASA’s homepage and on the travel web site VisitBrighton, to give you an idea.