CNN enlists iReporters to capture Obama oath
Dubai, January 19, 2009
CNN plans to create a unique view of the exact moment US President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20 at 12pm (ET).
Using Microsoft Photosynth technology, CNN and Microsoft Corp. will produce the first “synth” of a major historical moment.
Photosynth, part of the Microsoft Virtual Earth product family, enables users to create synths, detailed 3D environments of photos that are identified by minute similarities and then fused together.
In this case, the initial images comprise those captured on cell phones, cameras and mobile devices by inauguration attendees of the moment Obama is sworn in as president.
From the vast sweep of the crowd to a close-up on the new president’s raised hand, every angle of this historic moment will be frozen in time.
CNN is inviting people witnessing 'The Moment' to take part in a special iReport assignment by e-mailing their pictures to themoment@CNN.com.
The photos will post immediately to iReport.com, CNN’s user-generated news community, and shortly after the oath of office, viewers and users can see the resulting synths on-air and online.
In staying with CNN’s long tradition of using technology to reinvent political coverage, the network will feature the synths on the Magic Wall.
The use of Photosynth within the multi-touch environment will be made possible by the strong relationship among CNN, Perceptive Pixel and Microsoft.
Visitors to CNN.com will also be able to explore the images captured in this transformative moment on either their PC or Mac. Photosynth will allow CNN.com visitors to glide around the Capitol, virtually experiencing the occasion from every angle.
“We’re pleased to partner with CNN to bring this historic event to life through the eyes of those attending the inauguration,” said Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president, Microsoft. “Microsoft Photosynth technology enables an immersive experience for CNN to share with all of its viewers.”
“As the nation watches this momentous occasion on Tuesday, CNN, through its partnership with Microsoft, will again make television history,” adds David Bohrman, CNN’s senior vice president and Washington DC bureau chief.-TradeArabia News Service