Bing Maps Adds New Bird's Eye Imagery & Streetside; Announces Bing's New Big Think Humanizing Technology Series

Bing Maps added the new addition of more cities that have 'Bird's Eye' imagery and 'Streetside' coverage."With more timely Bird's Eye published to Bing Maps, our imagery reflects prominent cities undergoing transformation with respect to cultural landmarks and other types of development," Bing said. In more cities across the globe you can now get a […]

Bing Maps added the new addition of more cities that have 'Bird's Eye' imagery and 'Streetside' coverage.

"With more timely Bird's Eye published to Bing Maps, our imagery reflects prominent cities undergoing transformation with respect to cultural landmarks and other types of development," Bing said.

In more cities across the globe you can now get a bird's eye view of the location or go all the way down to a street side view. This includes the tremendous strides London has made in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games. The new Bing imagery reveals major changes to the Olympic venue and its surroundings.

Here is the London Olympic Park in Bird's Eye! Before vs. After images from all the construction that has taken place:

London Olymic Park Birds Eye

Streetside with Microsoft's vehicle mounted Ultra-cam mobile, the streetside crew, since the last release, has published an additional 125,000 kilometers. That's a total of 365,000 linear kilometers of imagery available for users.

To view full Streetside coverage, visit the "Streetside" Map App, or simply click here! Then drop Eugene in an area with a blue overlay to explore that region.

Here is the total coverage of Bird's Eye imagery currently live on Bing Maps!

Total coverage of Birds Eye imagery currently live on Bing Maps!

Bing notes, "circa 2008, Bing Imagery Technologies (BITs) published over 1.1 million sq km of Bird's Eye imagery around the world, most notably in the Continental United States plus Western Europe. Since 2009, BITs has published 1,105,738 sq km. That's over 2.2 million sq km of our unique 45 degree perspective now live on Bing Maps. Our latest release was a total of 130 TB of Synthview data, as well as 60 TB of native Bird's Eye."

"A Synth (or Synthview) is a style for creating immersive 3D experiences. Some of the best Synths are made up of many overlapping strong textured images and is most useful when you want to capture different sides or details of a particular object," Bing adds.

"Bing Imagery Technologies is located in Boulder, CO, and is responsible for the creation and publication of four imagery types available on Bing Maps- Aerial, Streetside, Bird's Eye, and Vector," Bing explains.

Bing also announced that its now partnering with Big Think for developing the Humanizing Technology series. It's designed to do three core things:

  1. "Engage some top visionary minds in thinking about how technology can be brought to serve us, rather than the other way around including people like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Peter Diamandis, and Jane McGonigal tackle the question of how technology can be more human-centric.
  2. Host a Virtual Expo featuring companies, academics and technologies that are building things to align with psychologist Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of human needs, including: Safety and Security; Human Relationships; and Personal Growth.
  3. Enable people to experience these technologies, thinkers, and visionaries first hand at a "Humanities Fair" live in NYC the weekend of June 15-17," posted Stefan Weitz, Director Bing.