Services like Google Street View and Bing Streetside instantly teleport Web surfers to any street corner. But for panoramic photos these services provide only a limited perspective. Now, Microsoft researchers have refined Bing Streetside using a tool called “Street Slide,” that combines slices from multiple panoramas captured along a stretch of road into one continuous view. This can be viewed from a distance, or “smooth scrolled” sideways.
“Someone using Street Slide’s panoramic view can slide along facades looking for places of interest, and zoom back in to a classic bubble view at any time. A user can also flip the viewpoint to see other side of the street, or turn corners onto new streets. As you “slide” along a city street, you’ll be able to see Bing Maps data on locations you’re going past. Information like street addresses, store names and rating will show up just like normal Bing Maps or Streetside. The panoramic view is a widescreen experience, so space is left above and below the picture for the data and advertisements to reside in.”
Microsoft research will exhibit Street Slide at SIGGRAPH 2010, in Los Angeles, CA.