Taking a Gigapixel Picture

Some researchers in the Netherlands created the largest digital panoramic
photo in the world. Could there be a new trend in making one’s own gigapixel photo?

The finished image is 2.5 billion pixels in size – making it about 500
times the resolution of images produced by good consumer digital cameras.
The huge image of Delft was created by stitching together 600 single snaps
of the Dutch city. If printed out in standard 300 dots per inch resolution
the picture would be 2.5m high and 6m long.

The researchers have put the image on a Web site which lets viewers explore
the wealth of detail that it captures. Tools on the page let viewers zoom in
on the city and its surroundings in great detail. The website is already
proving popular and currently has more than 200,000 visitors every day. The
image was created by imaging experts from the Dutch research and technology
laboratory TNO which created the 2.5 gigapixel photo as a summer time challenge.

The goal of the project was to be one of the first groups to make gigapixel
images. The first image of such a size was manually constructed by US
photographer Max Lyons in November 2003. That image portrayed Bryce Canyon
National Park, in Utah and was made up of 196 separate photographs.
The panorama of Delft is a little staid in contrast to the dramatic
rockscape captured in Mr Lyons image. “He did it all by hand, which was an
enormous effort, and we got the idea that if you use automatic techniques,
it would be feasible to build a larger image,” said Jurgen den Hartog, one
of the TNO researchers behind the project. “We were not competing with Mr
Lyons, but it started as a lunchtime bet.” [Continued...]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ANFNJLH3S5REVOANADF7JWJ7VQ Ruslan

    I actually walked away from AT&T frustrated by constant glitches and overall slowliness of my iPhone 3G. So far I’ve been happy with my Droid X, love its large screen, functionality, choice of keyboards and browsers as well as seamless integration with Google services (contacts, calendar, maps/navigation, etc).

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    • Anonymous

      The iPhone 3G is not a good example of what the iPhone brand represents. It’s an outdated model and very slow by today’s standards.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ANFNJLH3S5REVOANADF7JWJ7VQ Ruslan

        Well, the thing is that any iPhone becomes outdated within just one year. And even iPhone 4 is not 4G, so it’s “slow by today’s standards”. That being said I don’t mean to say I don’t like iPhone or “what the iPhone brand represents” (although I’m not sure what you mean. Innovation maybe?). iPhone and other Apple products are forever changing the ways we communicate and compute. There’s no other company that did more in that space in such a short period of time. What I don’t like is the way loyal customers are treated by Apple. I personally like a more open platform, where I can chose what should be my default browser (Firefox, Opera, Chrome or Maxthon), what should be my default MP3 player, etc. But then again I’m a geek. :)

        P.S. Verizon’s network is way overhiped in my personal experience. I hardly get 1 or 2 bars at home or at work. And no, I don’t live in the forest. I live at the intersection of two major interstate highways, close to the offices of several major IT companies (ex Oracle). AT&T was the only reliable provider in many places I’ve been and I had their service for over 10 years.

  • Anonymous

    ITunes integration is not a good thing. I hate iTunes and have gone to great lengths to avoid ever syncing my (AT&T) iPhone.

    • Moss

      I don’t understand how you can hate a service which provides 1 click purchase of almost any music, tv show, film, podcast etc.

  • http://twitter.com/Stinja J-Stin

    Had a blackberry on verizon before the iPhone was released. Couldn’t stand it, and as soon as the iPhone came to Verizon I used another family member’s upgrade and got the iPhone for the reduced price. Great decision.

  • David K.

    The antenna “problem” isn’t a problem, its a design choice and a physics limitation.

  • TJ

    Bah, Android all the way … My Droid2 is far and away the best phone I have ever had (or even used). Can’t wait to slip into an LTE + IPv6 equipped Bionic!

  • http://flickr.com/photos/mswatty Watty

    I’m sorry, but where’s the trick? You couldn’t wait ‘up to’ two days to get a replacement phone?

    I haven’t switched yet. I am still using the BlackBerry Curve 8330. I was up at 3am for the preorder and didn’t order it. I can wait.

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