The use of Gigapan that most excites its creator, Sargent, is to educate children worldwide. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, plans to use Gigapan systems to let children in different parts of the world share their neighborhoods and explore other cultures.
College students at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using it to study Atlanta's transportation system.
"We investigated how you might use the Gigapan as a way to really sort of explore and document the urban experience," said Carl DiSalvo, who helped develop Gigapan while he was a fellow at Carnegie Mellon and is planning a Gigapan art installation at the Andy Warhol Museum this summer. "We narrowed it down to transportation because transportation is such a central part of life in Atlanta."
In Pittsburgh, teenagers at the Homewood-Brushton Center YWCA Greater Pittsburgh took Gigapan photos of the East End for an after-school program about robotics.
"I would like if it was used to take photos of the war in Iraq," said Angelica Casson, 15, of East Liberty. "Then you could show the world what people are doing to protect our country."