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The Gigapixel Digital Camera

You want a megapixel war? Say hello to my little friend:
A tripod-like mount makes it possible for a digital camera to take hundreds of overlapping images of landscapes, buildings or rooms. Then, using software developed by Carnegie Mellon and Ames, these images can be arranged in a grid and digitally stitched together into a single image that could consist of tens of billions of pixels….
The technology gives people a new way to make and share images of their environment. It is being used by students to document their communities and by theCommonwealthofPennsylvaniato make Civil War sites accessible on the Web. To promote further sharing of this imagery, Carnegie Mellon has launched a public Web site,, where people can upload and interactively explore panoramic images of any format. 
In cooperation with Google, researchers also have created a GigaPan layer on Google Earth. Anyone using Google Earth can now fly into these GigaPan panoramas in the context of exploring the world.

ScienceDaily has more.