At Innovation Day in Brussels, I spoke with two very cool guys from MS Research in Redmond, Bryan Ressler and Matt Uyttendaele. They filled me in on HD View and how to create my own HD View images using Windows Live Photo Gallery.
HD View is a new technology developed by Microsoft Research's Interactive Visual Media Group to aid in the display and interaction with very large images. And by very large images, they mean billions of pixels (Gigapixels)! It is a browser plug-in that enables you to pan back and forth or up and down and to zoom in or out to examine an area of interest in the very large images while still maintaining the high resolution details. The new version of Windows Live Photo Gallery has a new image stitching component that allows you to select a group of photos that have some overlap and the result is a panoramic view photo.
Check out the HD View team’s blog for more details…http://hdview.spaces.live.com