Microsoft demonstrates stunning new Bing Maps features

Microsoft's Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrated some stunning augmented reality integration inside of Bing Maps at the (Technology Entertainment DesignTED conference last week.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas worked on the Seadragon technology at Microsoft after the company acquired it in 2006. Seadragon, now part of Microsoft's Live Labs, is designed to retrieve large amounts of data using a fast, seamless, zoom based interface. The technology has since been used to power Microsoft's 3D photo application Photosynth which was popularised during President Obama's inauguration event. Microsoft has also used Seadragon technology in applications like Pivot.

Blaise's talk at TED 2010 last week was met with great applause and excitement from the audience. The Microsoft worker demonstrated stunning integration of augmented reality maps. Blaise demonstrated real-time processing of video taken with a smart phone inside street-view type maps. The demo included a live video overlaid on static images of a market inside of Bing Maps. Photosynth and Worldwide telescope integration was also demonstrated as part of the Bing Maps showcase. Although the features are not widely available yet it provides a glimpse of what Microsoft is currently working on.

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Neowin, "While we have released the Flickr Crowd Source integration for Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver, we haven’t released timeframes or details for the other features demoed at Ted."

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Google has already started capturing images of inside the malls. they already went through the mall near my house. I assume they will add a few of the features mentioned in the video as well soon enough.

not so fast... Google can do some real good augmented reality if they take look at some of these ideas: http://realvision.ae/blog/2010/02/where-is-the-augmented-reality-button-on-google-maps-and-google-earth/

After all, KML is already being used by a whole huge community to annotate the Digital Globe by Google, with multimedia and 3d models.

I don't know about the rest of you but just to check out and compare quality of the 2 mapping services I would say M$ does not even come close.

I am located in India and checked out 3 different locations that I am very familiar with. There are discontinuities in 3 different roads in my neighbourhood where I live in Vadodara. In fact it would appear that I can't be reached by a vehicle - any kind - at all.

The image definitions are So............ fuzzy in M$ they might as well give up the idea of mapping my country! True it does afford larger magnification - sorry zooming but that is simply a software feature rendering the image from bad to absolutely useless.

So I think I will stick with Google maps.

pmshah said,
I don't know about the rest of you but just to check out and compare quality of the 2 mapping services I would say M$ does not even come close.

I am located in India and checked out 3 different locations that I am very familiar with. There are discontinuities in 3 different roads in my neighbourhood where I live in Vadodara. In fact it would appear that I can't be reached by a vehicle - any kind - at all.

The image definitions are So............ fuzzy in M$ they might as well give up the idea of mapping my country! True it does afford larger magnification - sorry zooming but that is simply a software feature rendering the image from bad to absolutely useless.

So I think I will stick with Google maps.

That's India. In the US, Bing Maps is fairly awesome. It takes time for MS to move internationally.

I don't really understand the ultimate purpose of two different companies doing the same exact thing in opposition to one another. Google already went around the entire friggin world with little cameras, and now Microsoft has to do the same thing all over again?

Microsoft has a much more enormous propensity to be really annoying. I go to use the website, and I can't get full functionality in Chrome -- only in Internet Explorer. The problem is, Microsoft is in this stuff for the money, and I rarely get the feeling that that's really what Google is interested in

Crap, hold on, I know I put a drink down around here somewhere...ah hah! Okay, now to set this up...


*takes a sip*

*spits on monitor*

Gaara sama said,
Microsoft has a much more enormous propensity to be really annoying. I go to use the website, and I can't get full functionality in Chrome -- only in Internet Explorer. The problem is, Microsoft is in this stuff for the money, and I rarely get the feeling that that's really what Google is interested in

I can get full functionality in Firefox... Perhaps Chrome doesn't have the market share to warrant the development efforts just yet? Not everything works in all browsers, it's been the way of things forever... Especially with browsers with limited adoption.

M_Lyons10 said,

I can get full functionality in Firefox... Perhaps Chrome doesn't have the market share to warrant the development efforts just yet? Not everything works in all browsers, it's been the way of things forever... Especially with browsers with limited adoption.

Might just be Microsoft is ignoring Chrome as a response to the OS that is being build by Google. If you have to have Windows to using anything other than Chrome, Microsoft still wins. Of course this would depend on if Chrome is the only possible browser on the Google OS.

Wow!! As Chef would say, "Children, welcome to a brave new world. A world where you no longer have to have a conversation about what, where, who you are doing?"

waldenasta said,
Wow!! As Chef would say, "Children, welcome to a brave new world. A world where you no longer have to have a conversation about what, where, who you are doing?"

"who"?

lol

BGM said,
can it send plans routes to my car yet???

oh, still google for me then :D

P.S. We blogged about this the other day

http://community.altiusconsulting.com/blogs/altiustechblog/archive/2010/02/15/augmented-reality-mapping-with-bing-maps-powered-by-silverlight-and-seadragon-microsoft-at-ted.aspx

Edited by BGM, Feb 19 2010, 9:40pm :

Just when you thought Ballmer was out of touch we start to see things coming together. Windows 7 finally launched, Zune keeps getting better (although people won't give it a try) XBox is still doing great and Natal promises to blow the competition away and Windows Phone 7 will FINALLY (I can't emphasize that enough) bring XBox, Zune, Bing, Office etc. all together to make for a really good ecosystem for MS. Hope it pays off.

I think Neowin would have more up-to-date news if the editors checked Slashdot every now and again -- pretty sure this video was posted there on Monday or Tuesday...

VTSV said,
I think Neowin would have more up-to-date news if the editors checked Slashdot every now and again -- pretty sure this video was posted there on Monday or Tuesday...

*Yawn*

VTSV said,
I think Neowin would have more up-to-date news if the editors checked Slashdot every now and again -- pretty sure this video was posted there on Monday or Tuesday...

Why would anyone even go there? Their "news" isn't as "up-to-date" as you think.

VTSV said,
I think Neowin would have more up-to-date news if the editors checked Slashdot every now and again -- pretty sure this video was posted there on Monday or Tuesday...

Do you want some cheese with that whine?

Wow, I cannot wait till this becomes mainstream... Now that Google has a competitor, the two will only get better, fast.

netwokz said,
Wow, I cannot wait till this becomes mainstream... Now that Google has a competitor, the two will only get better, fast.

and the consumer wins...if only their was a third party doing this too

netwokz said,
Wow, I cannot wait till this becomes mainstream... Now that Google has a competitor, the two will only get better, fast.

True dat! I ldefinitely like having an alternative to Google. Maybe we can get Google to stop datamining consumers and respect our privacy.

majg said,

True dat! I ldefinitely like having an alternative to Google. Maybe we can get Google to stop datamining consumers and respect our privacy.

You obviously didnt read the article or watch the video. Microsoft is allowing people to upload images. That means your neighbor can upload a picture of you sitting naked on the front poach and anyone going through the view sees you right there until someone reports the image. This is more private how?

Someday, Microsoft is going to put this into a pair of sunglasses, so you can look anywhere and see live constellation maps, street indicators, icons over your friends, etc..

billyea said,
Someday, Microsoft is going to put this into a pair of sunglasses, so you can look anywhere and see live constellation maps, street indicators, icons over your friends, etc..

nerdgasm!!

billyea said,
Someday, Microsoft is going to put this into a pair of sunglasses, so you can look anywhere and see live constellation maps, street indicators, icons over your friends, etc..

This concept is actually doable right now, it's simply a matter of building it affordably.

Anyone with a modern smartphone can find several AR applications that let them look through the phone's cam and see the world with these added layers. Bing seems to be the first right now to bring so much variety into one place, so it might be the ideal resource if one were to build such a device today, but Google could probably be caught up by the time the hardware for nerdgoggles would make it to market.

billyea said,
Someday, Microsoft is going to put this into a pair of sunglasses, so you can look anywhere and see live constellation maps, street indicators, icons over your friends, etc..

A few weeks ago I ready about a company that was developing tiny LED screens for contact lens. Can't remember what science site I came across it on. Can pretty much guarantee that the glasses aren't more than 15-20 years away at the max. I know thinkgeek.com sells IPod glasses that let you watch your IPod video on "glasses". Think those toys that you looked through as a kid with pictures that were shaped like binoculars cept with computer screens.

billyea said,
Someday, Microsoft is going to put this into a pair of sunglasses, so you can look anywhere and see live constellation maps, street indicators, icons over your friends, etc..

Oooooh, the possibilities... I want those glasses so I can reach for a "delete" icon when looking at an ex friend... :P

ashpowell said,
We're Microsoft, and we've just ripped off google streetview.

Except, Bing (and Yahoo for that matter) immediately scrubs your data and removes IP & other references within 9 months. What are some recent Google/NSA innovations in consumber privacy? Oh, buzz...

Lemming much...

billyea said,
How much of the video did you actually watch?
This is much more than street view, this is street-being-there

Well all the 3d stuff is already in streetview, I am not sure why you say that.. Smoother animations are sweet but nothing more, and they even have Mars. Also Google has been using motorcycles and bicycles to image some areas for a while now, go to Stonehenge for example. Using a backpack is not real innovation to me.

The real time video overlay is fraking cool though.

ashpowell said,
We're Microsoft, and we've just ripped off google streetview.
My god, what do you expect to be created? Views from the street is a pretty obvious natural progression.

majg said,

Except, Bing (and Yahoo for that matter) immediately scrubs your data and removes IP & other references within 9 months. What are some recent Google/NSA innovations in consumber privacy? Oh, buzz...

Lemming much...

Yeah - so much for Google's "Do No Evil" Mantra - nothing more than smoke, mirrors & deception.

I wonder how "open" Google's proposed Fiber-To-Premises will be? Will they block or shunt Torrent ports?

ashpowell said,
We're Microsoft, and we've just ripped off google streetview.

I don't get how something significantly more sophisticated can be called a rip-off, but I notice the accusation is made pretty often.

But I didn't get it 15 years ago either when the taskbar was called a ripoff of Mac OS's menubar.

A car is just a ripoff of a horse-drawn carriage.
A cell phone is just a ripoff of a walky-talky.
Netscape is just a ripoff of Mosaic.
Sarah Palin is just a ripoff of Bobby's mom.

ashpowell said,
We're Microsoft, and we've just ripped off google streetview.

You do know that Google ripped off Microsoft first, right? They had a preview up and running before Google came up with their own version. Check this website: http://preview.local.live.com/

Edited by Qwerty1234567890, Feb 19 2010, 10:22pm :

ashpowell said,
We're Microsoft, and we've just ripped off google streetview.

Street view may be cool, but it has nothing on this... No comparison at all really...

Andrew Lyle said,
That was actually amazing! The live video (on a 4G network) looked very cool, and could have practical uses.

real time live porn?

Grand Chelem said,
Damn, Google Maps, watch your ass

As has been mentioned, this is just a rip-off of Google StreetView. While the overlayed real-time video is impressive, it's only a small step beyond what Google's Latitude technology is working toward.

vaximily said,

As has been mentioned, this is just a rip-off of Google StreetView.

You obviously haven't used this. Google StreetView is not in 3D. 3D.

vaximily said,

As has been mentioned, this is just a rip-off of Google StreetView. While the overlayed real-time video is impressive, it's only a small step beyond what Google's Latitude technology is working toward.

Wrong.

Although some of the images were captured by Microsoft's CamCars, most of the street-level images were crowdsourced...did you miss that?...into PhotoSynth...did you miss that as well?...with near-seamless transitions, where Googles "Street View" trucks repeatedly invade people's privacy (toss the "Do No Evil" mantra from Google out of the window!). Crowdsourcing the data allows "Community" to contribute to the process. Where is "Lattitude"? It only shows your pic on the map, and has NONE of this functionality and richness, where as Bing Maps + PhotoSynth + WWT is here and available.

Google certainly seems to need apologists these days - are you one, @vaximily?

vaximily said,

As has been mentioned, this is just a rip-off of Google StreetView. While the overlayed real-time video is impressive, it's only a small step beyond what Google's Latitude technology is working toward.


Yes, yes, and DaVinci is a ripoff of cave scribbles.

ScottKin said,
Googles "Street View" trucks repeatedly invade people's privacy (toss the "Do No Evil" mantra from Google out of the window!).?

I'm sorry, what privacy? Anything viewable from the street cannot be considered that private... "OH NOES GOOGLE IS TAKING PICTUARZ OF ME ON A PUBLIC STREET! WHERE IS MY PRIVACY"

ScottKin said,

most of the street-level images were crowdsourced... where Googles "Street View" trucks repeatedly invade people's privacy (toss the "Do No Evil" mantra from Google out of the window!). Crowdsourcing the data allows "Community" to contribute to the process.

So now instead of a clearly marked truck with a massive and obvious camera sticking out the top being a big concern for privacy fanatics, we now get to worry about random people uploading pictures of our homes online. This is better how?

vaximily said,

As has been mentioned, this is just a rip-off of Google StreetView. While the overlayed real-time video is impressive, it's only a small step beyond what Google's Latitude technology is working toward.

Nothing I've seen from Google has anything on this at all... Not sure how this could be a "small step" by ANY definition...

SputnikGamer said,

So now instead of a clearly marked truck with a massive and obvious camera sticking out the top being a big concern for privacy fanatics, we now get to worry about random people uploading pictures of our homes online. This is better how?


the difference is that nobody is ever going to want to take a picture of your home, unless it was like on fire or anything... but google street view is totally indiscriminate

carmatic said,

the difference is that nobody is ever going to want to take a picture of your home, unless it was like on fire or anything... but google street view is totally indiscriminate

Nobody? You have that much faith in the human race? If nobody wanted to do it as you said, Google wouldnt have. Google employees, though rumor speculates otherwise, are humans too. If they will why wont someone else also?