Magazine article Technology & Learning

Images.Com

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Images.Com

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With the proliferation of Internet applications, there are more and more options for getting pictures online. Companies now offer image stations on the Web, sort of cyber photo labs where you can store or enhance your digital images, or download those available to the public. Check out the following tools:

* AltaVista, a division of Compaq Computer, has just updated its popular Internet search engine at www.altavista.com, or www.av.com. The new site lets you search for pictures as it offers an in-depth multimedia search capability with AV Photo Finder, delivering powerful navigation of more than 10 million Internet pictures. Users type a request and results are immediately delivered as thumbnail sketches ranked by relevance.

* Fuji (Elmsford, NJ; 800-800-FUJI; www.fujifilm.com) has an online photo service that allows users of digital cameras or scanners to e-mail individual photos or create a digital photo album. Kids in grades 3-6 can become PhotoPals in Fuji's "Nation of Neighbors" program where kids exchange essays and photos online at www.scholastic.com/photopals.

* For something completely different, check out Interactive Pictures Corporation's (San Jose, CA; www.ipix.com) new IPIX technology that lets students "walk" inside 3-D photographs with the click of a mouse. IPIX images are created by joining two separate pictures taken with special "fisheye" lenses. You can take these pictures yourself by buying special lenses for compatible digital cameras (e.g., Kodak DC200, Olympus D-340L, or Nikon Coolpix) or buy those cameras with an IPIX kit. You will need special software, the IPIX Wizard, to form the 3-D pictures. Let others do the work and simply visit IPIX images at www.ipix.com for a cool new way to look at pictures.

* Sony (Park Ridge, NJ; 800-222-7669; www.sony.com/image) has introduced a new Web site where digital camera users can upload digital images to Sony's ImageStation on PhotoNet via the Internet to share with family, friends, or Web pals. Services include putting your digital images on mugs, T-shirts, or archiving online images.

* TerraServer (www.terraserver.com) provides unlimited access to a large collection of satellite pictures of the Earth. …

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