Near Realtime Balloon Photography of the Obama The Obama Innauguration
January 16, 2009 1:06 PM   Subscribe

Near Realtime Balloon Photography of the Obama The Obama Innauguration
My family’s company, Digital Design and Imaging, will be providing video and still images for CNN and the AP for the hours leading up to, and immediately after, the oath swearing (for security reasons we're grounded during the actual event). I’m told John King and his multi-touch screen will be presenting still imagery with Microsoft’s Photosynth, which is essentially a system for positioning many two dimensional photographs in 3d space through clever algorithmic inference based on shared regions of images. You can see a teaser of what we’ll be doing, shot several weeks ago, here (though be warned it requires a quick install and is limited to Windows operating systems). You should be able to watch imagery go up on that site in near real-time on MLK and Inauguration day. As more content becomes available, I'll update this blog post, but generally the link for the teasers (a search for the username curtw) is where things should show up first.
posted by phrontist (5 comments total)

Do you get to be in the balloon?
posted by cowbellemoo at 2:05 PM on January 16, 2009

No, the balloon is unmanned. Shots are taken with an array of cameras or via teleoperated gimbal.
posted by phrontist at 3:15 PM on January 16, 2009

With the greatest of respect, could you not have chosen something other than Microsoft’s Photosynth, to do this? I have spent the last 15 minutes trying to get it to work and have failed. So I have given up. Nonetheless I wish you and your company all the best for this and hope it works out well for you all.
posted by vac2003 at 2:49 AM on January 17, 2009

I got it up and going with no problem, vac2003. Neat stuff!
posted by brundlefly at 5:55 PM on January 19, 2009

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