MS Live Labs has a fun app called PhotoZoom. It’s a cool proof-of-concept around how you might handle and navigate through images.
One application of this sort of technology that I thought was really cool was in zooming into very VERY large photos. Stay out to see the big picture, or zoom in to see the smallest of details. Check out HD-View here. (NOTE: Requires a browser plug-in to be installed. But it’s well worth it! More examples below.)
And now you can host your own photos as a zoom-able set. Check out my “Best of Europe” album HERE.
Disclaimer: These are not full-blown Microsoft products… nor are they any indication of how this technology might be used in future products. In the future these sites or services may go away or be re-packaged in other ways. But, hey.. for now they’re free. And geeky-cool!
Bill Crow e-mailed me another very cool example – The Yosemite Extreme Pano Imaging Project.
And if you haven’t seen this yet, you really need to check out the Hard Rock Memorabilia site.