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January 19, 2009

CNN unveils another new toy

Posted: 10:31 PM ET

CNN is doing it again. We're using a new technology for a new day - Inauguration Day that is.

From the network that brought you the first holographic reporter comes: 'The Moment.'

"The Moment" is a call to cameras for CNN viewers, readers, and iReporters in Washington this Inauguration Day. John King, chief national correspondent, explains how CNN viewers can contribute to a 3-D experience in the inauguration of Barack Obama.

So, how is CNN doing it? Well in short, it's not. A newly released program from Microsoft called Photosynth will do the legwork. It's a program that creates amazing 3-D spaces from 2-D photos.

Photosynth is a behemoth. Released in the summer of 2008, this monster program uses a combination algorithms and interest point detection to match similar images from a series of pictures.

For those of you who don't speak geek, Photosynth matches specific features in photos like columns or windows to orient the image. After the images are oriented and merged together, Photosynth creates a stunning free-moving 3-D space with which observers can interact.

So, will you help capture "The Moment"? If you are attending the inauguration, why not make it a memorable one for those of us who aren't? Follow this link to find more details on how to get involved.

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