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    • Street Slide from Microsoft, a new perspective on street view panoramas

      11th August 10

      Posted by Ben Malbon

      Posted in awesomeness, design

      This is fascinating stuff from Microsoft, hinting at a new and more immersive way to access street level information on mapping platforms such as Bing or Google Street View

      Here’s more information on the technology, and the project behind it (below). For further details, including Microsoft’s research paper and more films, visit their site, here.

      Systems such as Google Street View and Bing Maps Streetside enable
      users to virtually visit cities by navigating between immersive
      360panoramas, or bubbles. The discrete moves from bubble to
      bubble enabled in these systems do not provide a good visual sense
      of a larger aggregate such as a whole city block. Multi-perspective
      “strip” panoramas can provide a visual summary of a city street but
      lack the full realism of immersive panoramas.

      We present Street Slide, which combines the best aspects of the
      immersive nature of bubbles with the overview provided by multi-perspective
      strip panoramas. We demonstrate a seamless transition
      between bubbles and multi-perspective panoramas. We also
      present a dynamic construction of the panoramas which overcomes
      many of the limitations of previous systems. As the user slides sideways,
      the multi-perspective panorama is constructed and rendered
      dynamically to simulate either a perspective or hyper-perspective
      view. This provides a strong sense of parallax, which adds to the
      immersion. We call this form of sliding sideways while looking at
      a street facade a street slide. Finally we integrate annotations and a
      mini-map within the user interface to provide geographic information
      as well additional affordances for navigation. We demonstrate
      our Street Slide system on a series of intersecting streets in an urban
      setting. We report the results of a user study, which shows that
      visual searching is greatly enhanced with the Street Slide interface
      over existing systems from Google and Bing.

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