While the image below is beautiful, it looks like it could have been taken with any (good) camera. However, it was taken with a 4 gigapixel camera - thats 4,000,000,000 pixels, or 1000 times as many pixels as you normal consumer camera!
To really begin to appreciate how much detail is captured in a single image, move your mouse cursor over the image below - the further your mouse gets to the right, the more you zoom into the image. At its highest zoom, we are looking at less than 2% of the original image. Notice how you can see into some of the windows in the hotel room - this is going to create some serious implications for privacy! In fact the inventor mentioned he took an image of a stadium full of 15,000 people, and you could clearly see the face of every one of those people - imagine having to ask all of those people for permission to take their photo.
How to Use:
move your mouse cursor over the image below - the further your mouse gets to the right, the more you zoom into the image. Note, in this activity, you can only zoom into one part of the image in detail, because downloading the whole image in detail would take far too long.
You can also open the application below in a dedicated window of the following sizes: 800x400 (SVGA), 960x480 (Half Size), 1920x960 (Full Size).
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This image was taken in San Deigo. The technology used to capture this image was developed in the GigaPixel Project, and is now being used to capture a variety of various cultural and heritage sites around America. For more information, go to the GigaPixel Project website, or listen to an audio seminar by the inventor, Graham Flint.