Microsoft has developed software that compiles information from a collection of images of a building or other structure and creates a 3D model.

Photosynth will let viewers fly through a scene, pan and zoom quickly to see every detail of the model, and see where images were taken in relation to each other.

The images can be taken at different times on different devices, and the software can still handle the composite.

It picks out where the photographer was standing as well as cross references images against each other, so that the greater the number of images, the better the final model.

One of the developers believes photo-sharing websites will be the first to use the new technology because they have such a volume of images in their collection; Microsoft has also said that the technology may be web-based.

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