The latest issue of the New Scientist has an article on applying photo stitching techniques to video streams from cell phones. Using time stamps and object recognition software, Microsoft researchers have developed a technique that can make a single real-time video stream out of many contributory streams. An example of the technique is below. A couple of things I find fascinating.
- This could well revolutionize news gathering. The ability to stitch multiple viewpoints into a single whole at major news events could bring a different perspective to what is really happening.
- This further extends that old adage “the best camera is the one you have with you”. The smart-phone with all its features is starting to live up to its promise.
- It is unique to the Windows Mobile platform. Uniqueness is something that is proving to be very difficult going forward.