Ever wanted to send something a little more than a photo to your mates when you’re visiting a particularly beautiful location? You can create an instant 3D panorama with Photosynth, our free app of the week for iOS and Windows Phone.

App of the week. Microsoft’s free Photosynth app. Microsoft’s free Photosynth app has been around for a little while now, but we still thought it was worthy of some attention. Although some newer smartphones have a built-in panorama function which can stitch photos together in a row, Photosynth uses your smartphone’s gyroscopic sensor and accelerometer to detect you waving your phone around wildly in the air, so you can capture a full 360 degree point of view.

It makes a lot more sense when you try it out for yourself – and it’s free, so there’s no excuse not to! I’ve found from personal experience that it works best where there’s not many people moving around, so give it a try in some natural locations or buildings that aren’t very busy.

It’s a lot cooler than sending a simple photo to someone when you’re on holiday. Give Photosynth a try and share some links to your own panoramas in the comments.

Here’s an example of a panorama created inside Melbourne Central shopping centre:

Have you created any 360 imagery? If so, we’d love to see it.

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