Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Gigapixel wars: how much information is really out there

A photo of Delft is over a gigapixel resolution. You can do quite a bit of cropping of such an image.

Pick any spot, then zoom in. Eventually you'll get to the image limit. It's easy to read the license plates of cars that are barely visible in the original view. Imagine being able to search a mountain for a lost person by taking a single image, then allowing thousands to search it by computer.

There must be tens of thousands of 'screens' in this image at the highest resolution. Delft is a quiet town, but somewhere in there one must be able to find something at least a little bit improper. Try picking a street, then walking it using your mouse. Let me know if you find anything!

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