At TED conference, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Bing Maps architect, demonstrated several new features designed to make Bing Maps more true-to-life -- incorporating Flickr images into streetside views, adding indoor panoramas, making it possible to see live video from specific locations on a map, and using its Worldwide Telescope to give users a view of the sky.
- Streetside Photos in technology preview mines geo-tagged photos from Flickr, and relates them to the Streetside imagery in Bing Maps. As more people contribute and share imagery, we can reunite those photos with the location where they were taken. This app will also enable layering of historical imagery, so people can go back in time and see a location as it existed decades prior.
- World Wide Telescope Integration will literally be able to “walk” outside in Streetside mode, look up, and see what’s above–way above, with constellations coming to life.
- Indoor Panoramas will provide an experience identical to Streetside, but won’t be limited to places you can take a vehicle. Whether you’re exploring Seattle’s Pike Place Market, or your favorite theme park, Bing Maps’ll give you most immersive experience of the place.
- Video Overlay Technology enables real-time video to be overlaid seamlessly on street-level imagery, adding another dimension to the mapping experience. In the coming year, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how far Bing takes this new technology. Stay tuned.