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…Microsoft tested Photosynth on the Obama Inauguration?

Microsoft Photosynth Inauguration

Microsoft has been testing their Photosynth software for some time now, but with so many people snapping away with their cameras during the Inauguration, now’s probably the perfect time to see what getting ‘synthy’ is all about.

The goal of Photosynth is to take a bunch of photos and create an experience that has the cinematic quality of a movie, the control of a video game, and the mind-blowing detail of the real world. Photosynth was the result of two independent breakthroughs: The ability to reconstruct a scene or object from a bunch of flat photographs, and the technology to bring that experience to virtually anyone over the Internet:

It works by examining images for similarities to each other and using that information to estimate the shape of the subject and the vantage point each photo was taken from. With this information, Photosynth then recreates the space and uses it as a canvas to display and navigate through the photos. Here’s a little video on the history and inspiration behind Photosynth:

It’s probably one of those ‘see it to believe it’ technologies, so head on over to Photosynth’s special Inauguration page and check out the different Synths that were created during the event.

[Microsoft Photosynth – Inauguration]

[Via: FlowingData]

…The MC Sport Line lets you customize your Maserati?

Maserati MC Sport Line

I’m a big fan of carbon fiber, which is probably why I’m a big fan of the Maserati MC Sport Line, a program that basically allows you to add on a bunch of neat little carbon fiber bits and pieces to your already attractive Maserati GranTurismo.

According to Maserati, the MC Sport Line “is designed to enhance the sporty DNA of Maseratis for those customers who like to express their passion for racing through dynamic styling and a choice of technical solutions that increase driving fun without compromise.”

If you’re wondering about the name, MC stands for Maserati Corse, which is Maserati’s motor racing division, and the inspiration behind the MC Sport Line. Their hope is that with the MC Sport Line, Maserati can start to bring some of their on-track experience to the streets.

Initial products to get the benefit of some carbon fiber love include new front and rear spoilers, side skirts, mirror housings and door handles, door panels, dashboard, central tunnel, steering wheel rim, paddle shifts and the instrument panel.

Under all that carbon fiber, customers can also order up new rims, stiffer springs, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars, as well as a specific Maserati Stability Program that is designed to give the driver more freedom before kicking in the nanny.

If you’re in the market for a Maserati, each one of these pieces will be available individually, so it’s really a matter of taste, but if your tastes have the wallet to back it up, you can now have your GranTurismo delivered with all the carbon fiber a driver could ever need.

[Maserati – MC Sport Line]

…It’s TGI Friday: Crappy Cat?

Crappy Cat

Crappy Cat is a fantastically interactive and animated sidescroller from VanBeater, better known as Trevor Van Meter. (Trevor also made Fly Guy.)

More experience than game, Crappy Cat puts you in control of a heavy drinking cat with an eye patch as you make your way through the interactive theater.

I won’t spoil any of the surprise, since you definitely need to check it out for yourself, so click through and see what the Crappy Cat is all about!

[Crappy Cat]

[Via: Drawn!]

…Agent Provocateur wants to entice you?

Agent Provocateur

Agent Provocateur’s interactive advermovie/choose your own adventure film is “the most scandalous experience ever seen on a AP website”.

Agent Provocateur Women

In it, you must head into a dark castle, filled with mistresses in various states of undress (though always clothed in some sort of lingerie that Agent Provocateur will gladly sell you with the “Buy Me” skull) as you attempt to save a virgin by making the right choices.

Choose carefully!

[(NSFW) Agent Provocateur – Experience]

[Via: Adverblog]