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Microsoft Unveils Street Slide Map UI 80

Posted by kdawson
from the how-it-ought-to-be dept.
theodp writes "For show-and-tell at SIGGRAPH 2010, Microsoft Research brought Street Slide, 'a multi-perspective street slide panorama with navigational aides and mini-map.' Very slick (demo video). Technology Review explains that Street Slide stitches together slices from multiple panoramas, making it possible to see all the shops on a street at once. Someone using Street Slide's panoramic view can slide along the facades looking for places of interest (perhaps guided by logos or ads at the bottom), and zoom back in to a classic Bing Streetside bubble view at any time."
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Microsoft Unveils Street Slide Map UI

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  • This is kinda cool. Actually, it's the type of thing that I wonder how it doesn't already exist. It's just barely a step past street view and the like, in terms of thought.

    But it makes me question more. When are we going to take Street view and the like and build more 3D environments off of it? I've seen more and more work in the direction, but there's multiple perspectives to many buildings and such using street view already. I would think it would be logical to try and accumulate all of the street view da

  • by bogaboga (793279) on Friday July 30, 2010 @09:10AM (#33081574)

    I am surprised that folks at Microsoft have decided to employ Adobe's Flash other than their own Silverlight.

    You see, in the past, one would get a dialogue asking them to install Silverlight in order to see content. It makes me wonder whether Silverlight is slowly dying - at least in Microsoft's opinion. Remember the KIN [wikipedia.org]?

    • by mark72005 (1233572) on Friday July 30, 2010 @09:12AM (#33081594)
      No - something had to have entered the public consciousness before it could possibly be remembered.
    • by dc29A (636871) *

      I am surprised that folks at Microsoft have decided to employ Adobe's Flash other than their own Silverlight.

      Compare the market share of Flash and Silverlight. If you want to get your message passed to the most people, which platform would you pick?

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by PPalmgren (1009823)

      Well, its win-win for them in this situation. Using flash kinda slights Apple, where Silverlight is proprietary lock-in.

      • Speaking of Apple -- did anyone notice the smartphone they were demo'ing on in the video was an iPhone?

        Even poor Microsoft employees don't use WinMo!

    • by recoiledsnake (879048) on Friday July 30, 2010 @09:20AM (#33081686)

      What makes you think they're using Flash. Only the demo video is in Flash, the implementation will most likely be Silverlight(new version of Bing Maps already uses it). Also, the only way to develop apps for Windows Phone 7 is through Silverlight(XNA for games), so I don't they're abandoning it anytime soon. Far from it, they're pushing it more.

    • by e2d2 (115622)

      MS Research has free reign to basically do whatever they like and it looks like they hosted the video on YouTube. So that's where the flash comes in. But that choice itself is kind of interesting because it's the exact people they want to compete with using this technology: YouTube -> Google

      Most likely it wasn't give too much thought though, thankfully. Marketing is pretty hands off when it comes to MS R&D.

    • by alen (225700)

      i think MS can finally think a few years ahead again. smartphones carry a nice premium these days where the hardware makers can sell them at nice margins. but this is going the way of the dodo and soon software will be king again. the hardware smartphone makers will be the dell/hp commodity box builders where no one really cares about brand and lowest cost wins. only difference from the 1990's seems to be that instead of the OS and an office suite being the cash cows this time it seems to be providing the i

    • by WED Fan (911325)
      The U.S. Navy, and a few other U.S. Gov't agencies have decided they can't secure Silverlight and won't allow it to be installed on their networks. In fact, the Navy automatically removes it when it shows up on a workstation. MS is very sensitive to gov't agencies use of their products. You can bet that MS is working furiously to make Silverlight work for the gov't.
      • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        SL2 is certified. SL3 certification is nearing completion.

        If NMCI is blocking the software, it is a local misconfiguration or other human error. There is no non-silverlight policy.

    • by ewrong (1053160)
      Didn't the video show it running on an iPhone?
  • So, is this solely the technology of stitching panoramas together, or am I to believe that Microsoft has laid down the framework for a possible equivalent to the Streetview cars/mapping them to the equivalent points on their map service?

    • It's kinda cute, but I'm not really sure it's that innovative - or what problem it's trying to solve.

      • The problem that it is trying to solve is finding particular points of interest along a street without having to click a move arrow a hundred times and reset your view as you do in StreetView. The idea is that this representation succinctly captures the data a user would need to perform certain types of manual search operations that are not currently handled by other systems. They also presented the technology required to produce that accordion view in such a way that relevant information remains visible as
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Wasn't that how BP described their efforts at cleaning up the gulf?

  • by Culture20 (968837) on Friday July 30, 2010 @09:20AM (#33081690)
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      Except that is entirely different. That is mostly what google street view does (except expanded with view bubbles). That is simply a long panorama. Google Street View is a panorama + 360 view bubbles.

      Street Slide takes Street View-like view bubbles and intelligently stitches them back into a panorama for getting a good spatial map of an area. Then when you need to zoom back in, it pushes you into the correct bubble. It is much easier for a person to view and use than either of the previous models.

      • by Culture20 (968837) on Friday July 30, 2010 @10:52AM (#33082976)

        Except that is entirely different. That is mostly what google street view does (except expanded with view bubbles). That is simply a long panorama. Google Street View is a panorama + 360 view bubbles. Street Slide takes Street View-like view bubbles and intelligently stitches them back into a panorama for getting a good spatial map of an area. Then when you need to zoom back in, it pushes you into the correct bubble. It is much easier for a person to view and use than either of the previous models.

        So what you are saying is that the panorama that is created by stitching image slices together (a la Dr. Zheng et al)...

        Technology Review explains that Street Slide stitches together slices from multiple panoramas,

        ...has hyperlinks on it that bring it to a Google bubble view. I give props to Microsoft for putting peanutbutter in their chocolate, but they didn't do a lot of inventing here.

        • by josath (460165)
          They don't claim to have invented either the route panorama or the google street view panorama, instead what they are proposing is an easy way to fit the two together seamlessly as you zoom in or out.
  • CSS Soda Can (Score:2, Interesting)

    Reminds me of the CSS Soda Can [romancortes.com] that hit the charts a few months ago.

  • by Linker3000 (626634) on Friday July 30, 2010 @09:25AM (#33081748) Journal
    But we still have to leave our basements to visit the shops do we? If only there was some way of telling the shops what we wanted and then they'd deliver them right to our door for mom to bring down.
    • I could find out where these shops look like by driving past them....?

      Or I could look on Google streetview, now, without using this app

      Or I could buy online and not visit them at all?

      Brilliant MS research does it again, produces a slick new technology ideal for a market that either already exists or does not exist ?

    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      But we still have to leave our basements to visit the shops do we?

      I'd love to be able to leave my basement, but only a relative few have been able to do that. However, all the shops actually are in my basement; my basement has a blue ceiling with a fusion lamp that contains my two-story (one underground) sub-basement.

      The first nerd in history ever to leave the basement was named Yuri Gargarin.

  • but it also looks like something a few Google employees could implement themselves in an afternoon by simply looking at the provided demo. Depending of course on what ridiculous patents MS has wrapped up in it. Still I was expecting something at least as impressive as Photosynth. Why aren't they doing anything interesting with that anyway?
  • by aapold (753705) on Friday July 30, 2010 @09:43AM (#33081898) Homepage Journal
    but I see it made the grade....
  • If you make your album art -just right- you can do that with an iPod!

  • Take competitors product copy it and implement "new" features.
  • Did anyone else find the multi-perspective really annoying due to the flickering effect of constantly changing images when scrolling?

    I don't think having the perspective view really enhances our understanding of the scene. In reality, it's just going to increase the bandwidth necessary to run this app.

    It would be nice if there was an option, at least, to turn multi-perspective off and just see a blended mosaic of straight-on views.

  • I'm sure this will work great in the 5 or so places where Bing's StreetSide is actually available.

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