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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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Joe Greenberg   January 20th, 2009 10:22 am ET

Very cool technology – please take the pictures and send them in! This way we can all share the fun!

Franko   January 21st, 2009 12:25 am ET

Many CNN cameras captured, and computers 3D modeled an object
Then transmitted, - On reception, rendered the model
Part of the background was replacd by - not a hologram

Still, with lots and lots of cameras,
You could become a 3D virtual object
Walk around yourself, to check for dandruff on your shoulders

S Callahan   January 21st, 2009 10:53 am ET

lol I can see this being used as visual obits....

Franko   January 21st, 2009 12:24 pm ET

CNN is reviving Ancient British Technology
Watch the Green Screen at the end
Tony Christie feat. Peter Kay (Is This The Way To) Amarillo

pete   January 25th, 2009 2:56 am ET

CNN, etc., belong to a trivia-obsessed media culture. Big Brother wants the peasants entertained so that they don't take major issues of the day too seriously. By Zeus, we don't want them getting any ideas about what's behind all this tomfoolery. Of course, there's always the Internet, but soon America will be a police state and Internet use will be monitored. No wonder 9/11 was allowed to proceed. Big Brother planned it all very well, but there are some obvious telltale glitches. Like Bush, e.g He blew it because they choose an idiot to be president. What a scream!

claudia Depar   January 25th, 2009 10:27 am ET

I am amazed of the advance in technology, With all the GPS
and satellite possibilities, can anything like these gadgets
be put on Guantanamo detainees and be monitored, who knows
they may lead to Bin Laden.

DJ   January 25th, 2009 1:34 pm ET

There have been some very recent serious scientific studies published, no offense meant but I really don't care all that much about this "toy" stuff. Can we get some science blogging going on around here?
I mean, a big study showing that global warming is effecting antarctica just like everywhere else was just put out on thursday and I haven't been able to find info on it anywhere on the site. Sad.

Franko   January 25th, 2009 3:22 pm ET

claudia Depar - "these gadgets be put on Guantanamo detainees and be monitored, who knows they may lead to Bin Laden."

RFID chips are here, everywhere
Coming soon, to be implanted into every terrorist
Soon, you too will want one, to be profiled, as a preferred customer
Watch - "America: Freedom to Fascism"

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