An incredible twist to the old photo album

The search function on Flickr flat out stinks. But imagine if you can categorize all the photos into a geographic collage, recreating real-life in 3D. Microsoft managed to do that with Photosynth, in which they stitched together photos from different users of the same building into a sort of souped-up diorama.

This is version 2, and you won’t believe your eyes (but here’s proof, in painfully academic prose, otherwise).