Photosynth on iPhone: panoramic reporting
I have a new app on my iPhone: [Photosynth](http://gigaom.com/mobile/microsofts-immersive-photosynth-camera-app-lands-on-ios/). Yes, a Microsoft app. Cognitive dissonance ahoy. 😉
But it’s a great tool, on that allows you to quickly and simply build rich panoramas of your environment. Hence, it’s one I expect to see journalists using fairly quickly.My collegue Stacey has been enthusiastic about Photosynth since she saw it demoed at the [second news:rewired](http://www.onemanandhisblog.com/archives/2010/06/newsrewired_peter_bale_of_microsoft_uk.html), and it [crops up on her blog occasionally](http://www.estatesgazette.com/blogs/focus/2011/04/landsecs-trinity-leeds-progress-pics.html). You can see why. It’s just such a boon for a property journalist…
However, I think it has far more application for journalists generally, as a way of getting a very vivid view of a scene or event onto the web. I looked at a fairly perfunctory [video of a police raid](http://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/video_footage_of_drugs_raid_scene_in_shoreham_1_2577005) in my neck of the woods the other morning. It would have been far more interesting as a panorama of this sort.
Having this sort of technology right on the iPhone just makes it an even richer potential reporting tool. I did a quick test run of the app out the front of Quadrant House a few minutes ago:
Imagine that sort of thing for a demo, or a sporting event, or a disaster site.
Or, dare I say it, a royal wedding?
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Adam has been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 25. He currently works as a consultant and trainer, helping people do better, more engaged online journalism.