Idea: Combine Broadcasters, Social Media & Photosynth to capture live events.

I’m sure by now, most of you have heard of Microsoft’s Photosynth technology – today’s iteration has been stripped back to a fairly straight forward panorama tool but for the purposes of this idea I’m thinking more of their early stages of the product as demoed here @ TED2007:

(The whole thing is interesting but skip to ~3:50 to see the specific use case I’m talking about)

Photosynth worked on a pretty basic premise; take a handful of wide establishing shots, then take lots of pictures from other angles and the software could then stitch them together and relate them to one another – resulting in what you see in the video above.

One thing I’ve been amazed by though, is that no one has taken this technology & run with it for Live Events. Everyone knows that familiar sparkle that any video of a live event has, as many of the spectators take photos. Today many of those pictures now end up online almost immediately. Continue reading Idea: Combine Broadcasters, Social Media & Photosynth to capture live events.

Some recent Videos…

I got the urge to start mucking about with videos again over the holidays… embedded below are a couple of short videos I put together with some of my pics from last year:

1. Monster Jam

Shot at the Monster Truck show last year in Toronto at the Rogers Centre…

2. Wiarton Hockey

Erin’s younger cousin’s hockey team were playing in a tournament near us so we went to watch the game. The game ended up being their first win of the season so it was a fun one to watch.

I plan on doing a few more just to keep the creative juices flowing, and considering I took over 10,000 pictures last year there’s more than enough material to work with!

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Give your kid an extra hug today.

I had another post set to put up today but walking in this morning a single image, viewed through the foggy plastic of a Toronto Star newspaper box made me stop and reconsider a whole lot.

The photo isn’t new, in fact it was taken this past February. At the time it was a happy photo, full of joy and as a dad I can only imagine what Matthew Dawe, the soldier in the photo, was feeling at that time. I’m lucky enough to come home to those moments each and every day.

The headline “Capt. Dawe’s sad fate” accompanied the photo.

Matthew Dawe was due to return home from Afghanistan at the end of this month. No doubt he was already counting the days to when he’d get to relive a moment like this once again. Instead his life was cut short, along with 5 of his fellow soldiers, when an IED exploded beneath their armored personnel carrier. You can read the article here.

What tears me up in this case is his son. He’s old enough to understand who daddy is, and probably knew he was coming home soon – he wouldn’t be counting the days but kids just know. I can’t imagine how his mother will get through telling him that daddy isn’t going home, and most hauntingly, I don’t know how she’ll ever answer “why?”.

I don’t want to get into a debate of whether we should be there or not – I just hope that someone along the way can one day explain to this kid why his dad was there and why the world is a better place because of his contribution. These guys don’t get to pick the missions and I respect their dedication and commitment to serve our country.

So, when you get home tonight give your kid (or someone you love) an extra hug for those little guys who dads won’t be coming home. There’s at least one kid tonight who needs a little extra love form the world today.

Edit: In further reading I came across another article that mentioned Master Cpl. Colin Bason, who was also killed. He deployed when his daughter was just four days old. From the articles both sound like great men who would have made great fathers.