The CBS crime drama "CSI: NY" to air Wednesday night will be fictional, but the technology will be real, though not yet on the market, reports USA Today.
In the story, forensic scientists piece together loads of photos taken on camera phones of a prom held in a school gymnasium to help solve a murder. The technology, Microsoft's Photosynth software, does just that. It analyzes multiple images for similarities and stitches them into a three-dimensional reconstruction. It's due on the market later this year, the story says, though it's not clear whether that will be a commercial or consumer application -- or both.
Photosynth was used on a NASA Web site last summer showing the space shuttle Endeavour being prepped for launch, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Microsoft and the television show have an ongoing creative relationship. The show's creator, Anthony E. Zuiker, saw the technology on one of his visits to Redmond and thought it was cool.
On the show, one of the detectives even has the line:
It's a Microsoft world. I'm just living in it.
How's that for free advertising?