Microsoft WorldWide Telescope looks beyond space

One of the key things in Microsoft's new WorldWide Telescope software has nothing to do with space. The software uses a new Microsoft "visual experience engine" to gather and stitch together images from multiple data sets as well as allow a variety of users to author their own guided tour. While space was a good […]

One of the key things in Microsoft's new WorldWide Telescope software has nothing to do with space. The software uses a new Microsoft "visual experience engine" to gather and stitch together images from multiple data sets as well as allow a variety of users to author their own guided tour. While space was a good area to try out the technology, principal researcher Curtis Wong notes that it's not the final frontier for the visual experience engine.

"It's a core one to start with," he said, but noted that the idea of sharing a guided tour through a digital experience will have broader uses.

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