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Microsoft Street Slide threatens to eclipse Google's Street View

By Gary Fennelly

Microsoft Research has unveiled a next-generation browsing interface for street-level imagery at the Siggraph computer graphics conference in Los Angeles.

Current systems such as Google Street View and Bing Maps Streetside enable users to virtually visit cities by navigating between immersive 360° panoramas, or bubbles.

Street Slide promises a seamless transition between the two types of imagery.

Instead of just moving from one 'bubble' of imagery to the next, as done in Street View and Streetside, the new technology stitches together multiple panoramas into one multi-perspective strip allowing users to scroll side-to-side through cities.

PhysOrg.com’s Lin Edwards writes, "This overcomes limitations of other systems, such as a reduction in resolution as the viewer zooms in to a view, and provides a sense of parallax to make the view seem more realistic as the viewer ‘street slides’ along the street façade.”

The newly available screen real estate displays clickable business logos, building numbers and other navigational tools.

Researchers say so far they have only covered about 2.5 miles on six streets in Seattle.

More info at research.microsoft.com

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