• http://cheznick.net/ Nick Aubert

    Embrace. That’s phase one of three, right?

  • http://photosynth.net/userprofilepage.aspx?user=Nathanael Nate Lawrence

    I recall hearing Blaise Agüera y Arcas (then Architect of Virtual Earth|Bing Maps and now architect of the mapping and mobile unit of Microsoft Online Services Division) say, back in May of 2009,

    “One of the big thrusts that I’ve really been pushing in the past six months is to take the kind of openness that we started with in Photosynth and extend the openness a great deal so that we make much richer use of and give much more contribution to open sources like OpenStreetMap and really let many more players in and out of that ecosystem – turn it into much more of an ecosystem and less of a closed product.” ( http://bit.ly/cyberspacearriving-calit2 ~ 45:00)

    , so it’s really good to see this all starting to come to fruition. Who better to push for progress in this area than the founder of OpenStreetMap himself? Blaise’s tweet this morning was definitely to that effect: http://twitter.com/#!/blaiseaguera/status/7147830493843456

    As mentioned above, the story really isn’t complete until you can access the OpenStreetMap layer in Bing Maps ( http://bit.ly/osmbing ) from both Silverlight and AJAX versions of Bing Maps as well as query OSM data from Bing Maps (and ideally contribute back to OSM via BM).

    I love the fact that Photosynth gives anyone with a Windows PC and an internet connection, the ability to circle any object with photos, pop them into the synther, and upload a 3D point cloud and all the full resolution photos arranged in 3D on Bing Maps to be viewed by anyone in the world in just a matter of the time it takes to shoot and upload the photos. Combining that power with OSM’s editing power for vector data will be an amazing combination in the coming years. No Photosynth to OSM connectivity has been specifically announced yet, but there is an amazing amount of Creative Commons licenced photography available on Photosynth.