Seadragon: Microsoft’s first iPhone app

Microsoft has released their very first application for iPhone, the Seadragon.

Seadragon is an application that allows the users to browse high resolution images from a wall sized displays smoothly on your mobile phone.

The aim of Seadragon is nothing less than to change the way we use screens, from wall-sized displays all the way down to cell phones, so that graphics and photos are smoothly browsed,  regardless of the amount of data or the bandwidth of the network.

According to their website:

  • Seadragon Mobile brings the same smooth image browsing you get on the PC to the mobile platform.
  • Get super-close in on a map or photo, with just a few pinches or taps of your finger.
  • Browse an entire collection of photos from a single screen.
  • You can browse Deep Zoom Images that you can create from your own pictures or your Photosynth collection (or anybody else’s).

Consider the following four “promises” of Seadragon:
1.    Speed of navigation is independent of the size or number of objects.
2.    Performance depends only on the ratio of bandwidth to pixels on the screen.
3.    Transitions are smooth as butter.
4.    Scaling is near perfect and rapid for screens of any resolution.

Watch the Seadragon Tech Demo Video:

Seadragon was developed by Microsoft Live Labs and is free to download from the App Store.