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Mar242009

Microsoft to take on Google Street View with GeoSynth

Microsoft plans to take on Google’s Street View with its own application dubbed “GeoSynth,” which essentially is going to function as a mashup between Microsoft’s Virtual Earth maps system and its PhotoSynth technology. GeoSynth is a virtualized, crowd-sourced, image-driven world map. “The system would take the best images from a location to create a single image of a specific landmark very much in the same way Microsoft did with the Obama Inauguration”, said Johannes Kebeck. “We couldn’t guarantee that all images would be used, but you could create a very good image of a given landmark like Piccadilly Circus for example from thousands of images”.

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