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1474 Megapixel Camera and GigaPan Software Captures Every Face in a Crowd

March 7, 2011 | Howard Lichtman
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This is a photograph of 2009 Obama Inauguration taken with a robotic 1474 megapixel camera and stitched together with a software platform called GigaPan. You can see IN FOCUS the face of essentially every individual in the crowd.

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By double clicking  this link: http://gigapan.org/viewGigapanFullscreen.php?auth=033ef14483ee899496648c2b4b06233c) You can scan and zoom to any section of the crowd by placing your mouse over a section and double-clicking. 

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Double click anywhere on the 1.47 Gigapixel image and double click again and perhaps again. The focus will auto-adjust to give you a very identifiable close up with enough detail for facial recognition on the majority of the crowd.

The software on the backend is GigaPan which was developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, with support from Google.

The organization is crowd-sourcing hundreds (if not thousands) of high-resolution multi-gigapixel panoramic shots from around the world.


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GigaPan of Dubai







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