Here’s a little something to either make you think our promised personal jet packs are right around the corner, or make you so scared that you want to rush home and pull the drapes closed.
Check out this site right here.
It is absolutely stunning. Zero in on any face in that crowd of more than 10,000 people, double click a few times and watch anonymity morph into a virtual line up.
It’s like the reverse of Pointillism, where the father back you stand, the more the picture makes sense.
With Gigapixels, there is no such thing as far enough back.
Gigapixels are the marriage of photography and Google Earth technology. Their photos are a patchwork of panoramic shots which are taken over a 10 or 15 minute period and then strung together to give you both a panoramic effect and a clarity of small detail. Just plug your old SLR or pocket camera into the Gigapan camera base ($499) and it does all the planning and panning for you.
The Gigapixel photo of that Canadian crowd is made up of 216 individual photos, taken over a 15 minute period, and in its final form is 69,394 X 30,420 pixels.
Jeez, it makes me almost want to wear a burka in public. Well, maybe a hoodie and sunglasses anyway.
Sure, it’s a cool technology, but, combined with advances in facial recognition technology, there’s something pretty “1984-ish” about it, too.
On the other hand, it sure does suggest some interesting plot twists.
How about you all? Is this nirvana? Orwellian? Or just great fictional fodder?