This has got to be one of the most awesome digital camera apps ever. If you love to travel, and if you love history, then you’ll love this app. What it does is perfectly match snapshots-in-progress with a photo taken in the same spot, say, a hundred years ago. The app was developed jointly by Adobe and MIT.
They’re using a robotics technique called visual homing, normally used to send machines to a specific location, like a charging station, in their new software. The program compares your camera’s view to known historical images and will give you positioning and zoom instructions so you can best match the scene, improving on the services offered by current apps like StreetMuseum and sites like historypin.
Right now, the app runs on a laptop, but the idea is that it’ll work directly on digital cameras, letting you view the past while shooting the present. Sounds like a killer augmented reality app waiting to happen.
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