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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.