At the Adobe MAX conference in Milan earlier this month, an experimental project called Infinite Images. The project enables a unique navigation of a tagged photography database. Drawing on the tagging system, a user can automatically create a seamless 3D world that spans an endless set of photos. The navigation effect is similar to falling into an M. C. Escher drawing and the creator describes it as using “each image as a gateway to a photo realistic world.” The examples used in the presentation seem to be most effective when dealing with simple images like wide landscapes or set tags like ‘forest’ or ‘clouds’ but are supposed to work in any environment.
It reminds us of the Microsoft PhotoSynth project, but Adobe utilizes image blending of different photos rather than compiling a database of new angles for the same subject. Image stitching can make for some shoddy blurs between images and when looking at the video of the presentation, it is clear that there is still progress to be made. As a concept, Infinite Images is brilliant and it will be exiting to see this technology implemented in an interactive digital landscape, but for now it looks most promising as simply a flashy screensaver.