Exploring panoramas with hotspot links!

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The iDevice app version of Photosynth only allows you to view panoramas (and not Synths), which is fine, but how cool would it be if you could place a hotspot link in a completed panorama that would link to another panorama?

You could tour a house by navigating from room to room, with a 360 degree view in each.

You could wander through a park, down a beach, through a cave, and create vast networks of interconnected panoramas, all accessible though iDevices.

Oh, that would be sweet.
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Yep, Photosynth is all about connecting images to each other in 3D.

Many of we Windows users have requested this same exact feature when Photosynth.net first introduced panoramas from Microsoft ICE back in 2010. There's really no doubt that this is the end goal.

The biggest hint of hope in the direction of this being fulfilled is the Read/Write World project being worked on at Bing, which specifically aims to provide 3D transitions between Bird's Eye View aerial imagery, satellite imagery, panoramas from Bing Streetside, panoramas from Photosynth.net and 360 Cities, photosynths from Photosynth.net, spin movies from Photosynth.net, photos from the web, etc.

The Read/Write World team is currently working on a new viewer built in CSS3:3D Transforms, HTML5 Canvas, and WebGL which they plan to open source to the web community and allow to be ported to other languages. When this is finished (it isn't even in beta yet), I am sure that we will see it put into use on Photosynth.net, which will mean that you *will* be able to view photosynths on iDevices (without resorting to iSynth).

You have absolutely captured a good chunk of the vision of where Photosynth is going (although the panoramas won't only be coming from iDevices ツ).

The only question is how soon it will happen.

P.S. Here's a conversation with a few more of the current iOS panorama viewer's deficiencies.